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Harvard Law School

April 2018

Islamic Constitutionalism: Not Secular. Not Theocratic. Not Impossible.

April 9, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Wasserstein B010, Harvard Law School

Asifa Quraishi-Landes will explain her current project, proposing a structure for Islamic constitutionalism that is inspired by Islamic jurisprudence and Muslim history, yet designed for contemporary realities. This structure is conceptually different from the typical “Islamic state” imagined by modern political Islam movements, as it is built upon the pre-colonial separation of Muslim lawmaking power: siyasa, made by rulers, and fiqh, articulated by religious legal scholars. She will argue that popular understandings of sharia fail to see the constitutional importance of these…

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