Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

"Islam, Sharia, and Alternative Dispute Resolution" - A discussion with Mohamad M. Keshavjee

Tue, November 12, 2013 | Julius Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B)

6:00 PM

The meanings and contexts of Shari'a are the subject of both curiosity and misunderstanding by non-Muslims. Shari'a is sometimes crudely characterized by outsiders as a punitive legal system operating broadly outside, and separate from, national laws and customs.

This groundbreaking book shows that Shari'a and its 'fiqh' (laws set forward by various Islamic legal schools) comprise a far more nuanced matrix of interpretations than is often assumed to be the case. Far from being monolithic or impervious to change from without, Muslim legal tradition has - since its beginnings in the early Islamic period - placed an emphasis on equity and non-adversarial conflict-resolution. Mohamed Keshavjee examines both Sunni and Shi'a applications of Islamic law, demonstrating how political, cultural and other factors have influenced the practice of fiqh and Shari'a in the West.

Exploring in particular the modern development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the author shows that this process can revitalize some of the essential principles that underlie Muslim teachings and jurisprudence, delivering not only formal remedies but also perceived justice, even to non-Muslims.

Dr. Hina Azam will be moderating the discussion. Dr. Azam is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. She holds her doctoral degree from Duke University and specializes in Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith study, and women / sexuality in Islam. Her article "Competing Approaches to Rape in Islamic Law" was the most popular article on when it was published.
Location: The Julius Glickman Conference Center, located in the Liberal Arts Building (CLA) on the UT campus.  (CLA 1.302B)
The CLA Building is located on the East Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus, immediately to the west of the intersection of 23rd and San Jacinto Streets (there is a traffic circle here, the CLA building is to the left of the fountain).  Ground level is up the stairs from the traffic circle, when entering via the closest doors to the stairs the Conference Center is directly through the central hall in the back of the building.
Closest parking is on the street (please pay attention to parking restrictions) or in the San Jacinto Garage, 2401 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin.



Sponsored by: CMES, Islamic Studies, the Aga Khan Council for the SW United States & Aga Khan Conciliation & Arbitration Board for the US

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