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Fall 2023 Reading Group

Islamic Law and Human Rights

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will offer students the opportunity to engage with current and emerging debates on Islamic law and human rights. After a brief introduction to Islamic law and its historical development, we will examine legal and practical human rights question at the intersection of Islamic law and its interpretation and application within contemporary Muslim states. Through a number of case studies, students will also engage in a critical examination of different modes and discourses of human rights advocacy across diverse geographic locations and human rights themes. Students will also discuss and critique the different strategies employed by local, regional, and international human rights advocates in approaching human rights questions involving religious belief and practice.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28