"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.
Professor An-Na’im’s Montesquieu Lecture last March in the Netherlands has resulted in a published article in the Tilburg Law Review. You can read the article in its entirety at the following link: “The Spirit of Laws is Not Universal: Alternatives to the Enforcement Paradigm for Human Rights,” Tilburg Law Review, Vol. 21, 2016, pp. 255-274.
On May 23, 2016, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im delivered the keynote address at the Fourth Annual African Law and Religion Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can watch his address, titled “The Future of Heritage and Social Development in Africa,” below.
On March 9, 2016, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im delivered the 2016 Montesquieu Lecture at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands. His talk, featured below, was titled “The Spirit of Laws is not Universal: Alternatives to the Enforcement Paradigm for Human Rights.”