This reading group will address difficult questions in the contemporary world at the intersection of human rights law and some interpretations of Islamic law. Topics to be examined include religious freedom, free expression, sexual relations and sexuality, gender equality, the rights of children, and public dress and behavior. The reading group will focus on how human rights organizations—international, regional, and local—have worked on cases in these areas of concern, and will consider how such organizations can most effectively address issues that involve religious belief.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation and short papers on the assigned readings.
Students who enroll in the reading group should have some familiarity with international law and human rights law in particular, but there are no specific pre-requisites.
Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4.