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Shariah Law and Islamic Finance - A Threat to America?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

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According to the Center for Security Policy, an organization whose members include a former Director of the CIA, “shariah’s pursuit in the United States is tantamount to sedition.” Both the Center and notable politicians such as Michele Bachmann have also identified Islamic finance, or Shari’a-compliant finance, as among the most pernicious elements of the Islamist conspiracy to create a worldwide Caliphate. Is that threat real? Or are the efforts by various American States, led by Oklahoma’s “Save Our State” Constitutional Amendment, just religious discrimination cloaked as homeland security?

MODERATOR: Robert E. Michael, Chair, Subcommittee on Islamic Law, Council on International Affairs; former chair, Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law; Managing Member, Robert E. Michael & Associates PLLC ; Adjunct Professor, Pace Law School


Bernard J. Apperson -- Assistant Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; Visiting Professor of Law, United States Military Academy at West Point.

Abed Awad – Awad & Khoury, LLP; Adjunct Professor, Rutgers & Pace Law Schools; frequent expert witness in U.S. courts on Islamic law.

Bernard K. Freamon -- Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, Director of Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East, in Cairo, Egypt, and Amman, Jordan; Director of Program for the Study of Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Maria M. Patterson -- The Law Offices of Patterson & Aschheim, LLP; Adjunct Professor of Business Law, NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business; of counsel to City Bar in amicus brief in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Awad v. Ziriax, the appeal of the injunction by the Western District of Oklahoma against the Save Our State Amendment to Oklahoma’s Constitution.

Council on International Affairs, Mark R. Shulman, Chair

Presented in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law

Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)