Pre/Co-requisites: This reading group is open to students who have taken or are concurrently taking International Law and Human Rights, International Human Rights, or Human Rights Advocacy.
Exam Type: No Exam
This Reading Group will focus on human rights advocacy in the Muslim world. After providing a very brief introduction to Islamic law, the course will address difficult questions at the intersection of human rights law and some interpretations of Islamic law. Topics to be examined include freedom of religious belief and expression; family law; sexual freedom; and others. The course will focus on how human rights organizations -- international, regional, and local -- have worked on cases in these areas and will consider how such organizations can be most effective.
Students will be expected to submit short response papers prior to each class meeting and to participate in class discussions.