"The divides are not Islam and western society, the divide is between people who have different values. We must promote connections between people who want to contribute to human values. People who share that commitment can collaborate across cultural divides." - Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
To advance the rationale of scholarship for social change, this blog is devoted to critical examination of the relationship of Islam and the state, as well as the relationship of Sharia and the state. This blog is also concerned with developing practical strategies for the protection of human rights and promotion of democratization in Islamic societies today.
On July 20, 2017, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im gave a memorial lecture at Oxford University in the UK. His lecture was entitled, Decolonizing Human Rights: An Urgent Plea for Rebuttal. “Human beings who are the subjects of human rights must be the authors of what those rights are.” – Professor An-Na’im
On October 25, 2017, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im, gave a lecture at Emory University titled, Dialectic of Civil Rights and Human Rights in the Law and Policy of the USA. “The exclusion of human rights in US domestic law and practice is really a tremendous failure and threat–as I was just saying now–to the United States. And
On September 27, 2017, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im gave the Lin Great Speaker Series Keynote at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. The lecture was entitled Religious Freedom and the Universality of Human Rights: A Modernist Islamic Perspective. “The Human Rights discourse that we have is a civilizing mission because it is not willing to