October 24, 2010
What is a Muslim State? Illiberal Secularity in the Tunisian and Egyptian Young Republics
Harvard University's Initiative for Religion and International Affairs, which is funded in part by the Luce Initiative for Religion and International Affairs, has organized a seminar on the question of secularism in Tunisia and Egypt. Speaker Malika Zeghal, who is a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life at Harvard will discuss the complex interaction between the Islamic and the secular in these two states. She will be joined by Noah Feldman, a professor of International Law at Harvard Law School.
Noah Feldman is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He specializes in constitutional studies, with an emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory. Feldman is the author of three books: Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press, 2004); and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Feldman has also been on faculty at the New York University School of Law. In 2003, he served as a senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Feldman holds degrees from Harvard University, Oxford and Yale Law School.