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Shari’a law and state law: roundtable discussion at SOAS

13 June 2013

SOAS, University of London will host a roundtable discussion on the possibilities, differences, conflicts and challenges between Shari’a law and state law.

Taking place on 18 June at 5pm in the Brunei Gallery, the panel of experts will discuss the relationship between Islamic law and state law in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’, possible future trajectories and implications on a myriad of issues.

Hosted by Professor Robert Gleave, Director of the Islamic Reformulations Project, University of Exeter and Mr Ian Edge, Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) at SOAS, confirmed participants include:

  • Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS
  • Professor Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck
  • Dr Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and  Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman at the Ecole des Hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris
  • Professor Baroness Haleh Afshar, University of York


Professor Robert Gleave commented: “We are delighted to host this topical event. Shari'a law is constantly debated in the post-Arab spring states – the new governments see it as fundamental to the new order they are trying to create.  Our event will hopefully discuss the relationship between the Shari’a and state law, and whether this should be seen as a cause for concern, or a natural expression of the religious nature of Muslim society. This event will, hopefully, drive home the centrality of the Shari’a to Muslim thinking around government and religion."

The event is sponsored by CIMEL and the Islamic Reformulations, a RCUK Global Uncertainties Research Programme based at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies, University of Exeter.

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