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islawmix: Content and Context for Islamic Law in the News

Event Date: 
October 4, 2011 - 12:30

Recent years have seen an uptick in coverage of Islamic law (sharīʿa) in American news media, policy, and academic circles—typically producing more questions than answers. What are the rules that dictate how Muslims in America conduct themselves? How do or should our legal institutions respond? When reporting on issues involving Muslims, how can journalists or academics distinguish individual preference or culture from Islamic law? What available, authoritative resources can best inform interested readers, from the casual to the scholarly? In short, Islamic law now seems to matter for issues of American law and policy; and it has long been a subject ripe for comparative law. But there is no reliable source of information on just what Islamic law is. Depending on the source, definitions of it can be vague, confusing, and even contradictory. islawmix aims to fill the information gap in this important area. In this talk, we will walk through “why islawmix” and explore how islawmix aims to accomplish the rather ambitious task of providing accessible resources for parsing such complex information and developing resources for the aggregation and contextualization of significant trends in Islamic law. Intisar A. Rabb is on the law faculty at Boston College Law School—where she teaches comparative Islamic law and legal history, advanced constitutional law, and criminal law—and is a faculty affiliate in research at Harvard Law School in the Islamic Legal Studies Program. Umbreen Bhatti is a co-founder of islawmix and a lawyer with experience in civil rights and constitutional law.

This event will be webcast live.

Location:
Berkman Center
23 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA
United States

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