Schedule: Workshop on Islamic Law

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
  Mark V. Tushnet
Georgetown University and AALS President
  Frank E. Vogel
Harvard Law School and Chair
Planning Committee for Joint AALS, American Society of Comparative Law, and Law and Society Association Workshop on Islamic Law
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
  Keynote: Relevance of Islamic Law

M. Cherif Bassiouni
DePaul University

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  Plenary - Basics of Islamic Law
  Sherman Jackson
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  John Makdisi
St. Thomas University
  Legal System
  Frank E. Vogel
Harvard Law School
(Moderator: Nora V. Demleitner, Hofstra University)
  This session, with three professors who teach Islamic law in American law schools, offers a basic introduction to the vast and complex field of Islamic law. The panel covers three dimensions of Islamic law: some of the foundational ideas by which Islamic law has understood and justified itself; some notable characteristics that have marked it in comparison with other laws; and some of the ideas and institutions by which it has generated effective legal systems.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
  Questions and Answers
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
  Refreshment Break
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
  A Court’s Application of Islamic Law (with Questions & Answers)

Mohammad H. Fadel
Esq., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York, New York

Anna Wuerth
Richmond, Virginia
This plenary, in which an anthropologist of Yemen and an Islamic law scholar collaborate, uses an actual case from modern-day Yemen to reveal aspects of legal reasoning and legal process in an Islamic court. The study seeks to exemplify matters covered in the first panel and suggest other comparative insights.
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  Lunch on your own
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  Women’s Rights and Islamic Law (with Questions & Answers)

Azizah Y. al-Hibri
The University of Richmond

Irfana Anwer, Esq.,
Assistant Executive Director
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.

In this session a noted lawyer and an Islamic legal scholar, both long active in the field of women’s legal rights, draw lessons from their work relating to
Islamic law. They explain and compare issues arising in two distinct settings: Egypt and the United States.
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
  Concurrent Sessions
  John Makdisi
St. Thomas University
  Family Law

Asifa Quraishi
Doctoral Student
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

George N. Sfeir
Former Senior Legal Specialist on the Arab States and Islamic Law
Law Library of Congress
  Criminal Law

M. Cherif Bassiouni
DePaul University

David F. Forte
Cleveland State University

Mohammad H. Fadel
Esq., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York, New York

Frank Edward Vogel
Harvard Law School
  Conflict Resolution

Amr Abdullah
Research and Evaluation Director
Peace Operations Policy Program
School of Public Policy
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Naima Said
Esq., Naima Said & Associates
Columbia, Maryland
  International Law

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im
Emory University

Karima E. Bennoune
Rutgers University
  Legal Reasoning

Bernard Kenneth Freamon
Seton Hall University

Aron Zysow
Research Associate
Islamic Legal Studies Program
Harvard Law School
  Islamic Law in Muslim Majority Countries

Lama Abu-Odeh
Georgetown University

Mariam A. Nawabi
Esq., Dechert LLP
Washington, D.C.

Mark E. Cammack
Southwestern University
  Islamic Law in the United States and Europe

Christina Jones-Pauly
Bunting Institute
Harvard University

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.
  Refreshment Break
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
  Plenary - Debates in Islamic Constitutionalism

Azizah Y. al-Hibri
The University of Richmond

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im
Emory University

Tariq Ramadan
Professor of Islamic Studies
University of Fribourg
Professor of Philosophy
College of Geneva

Moderator: Noah R. Feldman, New York University

This session is a discussion of modern Western constitutionalism and Islamic law. The participants, all US based Muslim scholars, set out and defend their own religious-legal opinions on relevant issues. Chairing the panel is a constitutional law scholar advising the Coalition Authority in Iraq on Islamic law issues arising in the framing of an Iraqi constitution.



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General Bibliography of Islamic Law

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