SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Regarding Liberty, Freedom, Representation and the Rule of Law: How Would the Sharia Fare?

Professor Wael Hallaq

Date: 4 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 4 February 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

CIMEL will, in collaboration with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter, be hosting one of the leading experts in Islamic Law, Professor Wael Hallaq, from Columbia University, in a public lecture at SOAS.

In this lecture, Professor Hallaq will explore four arguments that unravel Shari`a’s internal logic in terms of what it perceived as the promotion and protection of society’s interests, parallel and equivalent to modern notions of freedom, liberty and the rule of law.  Taking as a basic assumption the necessity for all polities to establish their own versions of just and well-ordered societies, he will ask how the pre-modern, pre-liberal Islamic order structured law and society in ways that provided for these basic requirements of justice and order.  Finally,  he will tease out the implications and relevance of such a historical enquiry for addressing political and constitutional challenges that the Muslim world is currently facing.

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