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NON-LAAG EVENT: SOAS Talk "...Liberty,Fre­edom...Rule of Law: How'd Sharia Fare?"


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This may interest some of you. My impression is SOAS do decent events, and the guy is eminently qualified, even if his principal are of expertise is bollocks ;-) It's not clear if there's a Q&A but I doubt there'll be much of one if at all. As no ticket price is mentioned I assume it's free but I have emailed them to be sure so I'll confirm that once I hear back.

Here's what they say on the SOAS site:

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Regarding Liberty, Freedom, Representation and the Rule of Law: How Would the Sharia Fare? A lecture by Professor Wael Hallaq

CIMEL will, in collaboration with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter, be hosting one of the leading experts in Islamic Law, Professor Wael Hallaq, from Columbia University, in a public lecture at SOAS.

In this lecture, Professor Hallaq will explore four arguments that unravel Shari`a’s internal logic in terms of what it perceived as the promotion and protection of society’s interests, parallel and equivalent to modern notions of freedom, liberty and the rule of law.  Taking as a basic assumption the necessity for all polities to establish their own versions of just and well-ordered societies, he will ask how the pre-modern, pre-liberal Islamic order structured law and society in ways that provided for these basic requirements of justice and order.  Finally,  he will tease out the implications and relevance of such a historical enquiry for addressing political and constitutional challenges that the Muslim world is currently facing.

Here's a link to Prof. Hallaq's webpage on the Columbia Uni website, including his email etc. Just in case you might like to contact him for some purpose or other.

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  • Jim

    Very sorry to miss this but I'm helping my daughter with her new-born twins.

    February 3, 2014

  • Roger

    I think I would have found this interesting but I am supporting a seriously ill friend on that day.

    January 30, 2014

  • terence f.

    Love to have joined you but I am the tech support for a community library event. Please give a full write-up.

    January 30, 2014

  • merry

    This should be interesting.
    Well, just so long as Freedom
    is understood in our terms.

    January 17, 2014

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