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Islam and Democracy
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:30 pm

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As the Middle East and North Africa convulse with revolution – with autocrats and monarchs struggling to retain power – we watch and wonder anxiously about what will follow. Will the new regimes protect universal rights? If they impose strict Islamic law, is it compatible with constitutional democracy? What does classical Shari‘a say about representative government, fundamental rights, or limited governments? Is a Caliphate required for Muslim States? Can Quranic laws be subordinated to a national constitution? All of these issues are timely and important. Our panel of distinguished scholars will address these essential questions about the critical relationship between the rule of law and religion.

Moderator:
ROBERT E. MICHAEL, chair of the Subcommittee on Islamic Law, At-large Member of the Council on International Affairs, chair emeritus of the Committee on Foreign & Comparative Law

Speakers:
SEN. KEVIN S. PARKER – New York State Senator for the 21st District; PROFESSOR ROY P. MOTTAHEDEH, Gurney Professor of History and Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University; HAIDER ALA HAMOUDI, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; PROFESSOR BERNARD FREAMON, Seton Hall Law School, Director of the Law School’s Summer Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East in Cairo; Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University; MARK D. WELTON (Lt. Col., Ret.) -- Professor of International and Comparative Law, United States Military Academy, West Point; DR. FARHAN AL-FARHAN – Political Coordinator for the Security Council, Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations

Sponsored by:
Committee on Foreign & Comparative Law, Mark Meyer, Chair
Council on International Affairs, Mark R. Shulman, Chair

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