FLJS explores Sharia at conference on Political Economy of Islam

19 May 2015

On 15-16 May, the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society partnered with the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS) to bring together scholars from around the world to discuss the political economy of Islam and Muslim societies.
The conference was held at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, and addressed subjects including the effectiveness of counter-insurgency aid in Afghanistan, female genital mutilation in Egypt, and censorship in Saudi Arabia.
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies Denis Galligan from the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society chaired a session on Sharia law on 16 May, which explored citizenship, religious rights, and state identity in Arab constitutions, Sharia divorce tribunals in Western countries, and Islamic law in Pakistan.
Academic experts from Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, SOAS, and other univerisities debated the issues before questions were taken from the conference delegates, fifty of whom attended across the two days.
A series of podcasts, policy briefs, and report of the conference will be available from our Podcasts and Publications pages in the coming weeks.