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November 17, 2009

Islam and Liberal Democracy: How Tradition Matters

The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Berkley Center sponsored a seminar with leading scholars to address how tradition matters in Islamic political thought today. The wide-ranging discussion considered how the Islamic tradition--including the Qur'an, the life and sayings of the Prophet, and diverse legal schools --relates to the idea of a liberal democratic state.
Moderator: Jane McAuliffe, President, Bryn Mawr College

Abdullahi An-Na'im, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Sherman Jackson,, Professor, University of Michigan
Ebrahim Moosa, Professor, Duke University
John Esposito, Professor, Georgetown University

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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University, where he focuses on cross-cultural human rights issues, with an emphasis on Islam. He is also a faculty member of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Emory University Center for Ethics. During the fall 2009 semester he was a Visiting Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center. He is the author of Toward an Islamic Reformation(1990), African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (2006) and Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari‘a (2008). An-Na'im holds LL.B. degrees from the University of Khartoum and the University of Cambridge, and earned his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Edinburgh.

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John Esposito

John Esposito

John L. Esposito is a University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown...
Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson

Sherman A. Jackson is Arthur F. Thurnau professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, visiting professor of law, and professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has served as Executive Director for the Center of...
Jane McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe is the immediate past President of Bryn Mawr College and former dean of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences. During 2013-2014, she is a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress;...
Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim Moosa

Ebrahim Moosa is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, where he specializes in classical and modern Islamic thought with a focus on Islamic law, history, ethics, and theology. Moosa previously taught at the University of...