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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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.