Muslims and the Islamophiles who aid and abet them in shoving the term Islamophobia down your throat and sharia law into American life continually tell us there is no threat of sharia law in the U.S. They tell us Muslims don’t want sharia law in the U.S. Yet here is another “symposium,” at a prominent law school, dispelling “myths” and discussing the “prospects” for Islamic sharia law in the United States.
How can there be “prospects” for something that doesn’t exist, is not a threat, and that Muslims assure us they don’t want? Yet they are fighting vigorously to stop sharia from being banned and organizing sharia symposium’s and conferences nationwide. Creep, creep. via New York Law School: “Sharia in America: Principles and Prospects”
New York, NY (August 16, 2011)—The New York Law School Law Review, the Center for International Law at New York Law School, and the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MUBANY) will bring together legal experts to discuss the place of Islamic law in the United States today and in the future at a symposium, “Sharia in America: Principles and Prospects.” The conference will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, August 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway.
“This conference presents a unique and timely offering of real experts on Islamic law—in the midst of so much demagoguery and misinformation—to give facts, dispel myths, and answer the public’s questions about ‘Sharia in America,’” Sadiq Reza, Professor at New York Law School and conference organizer, said.
The symposium—featuring commentary by leading authorities in Islamic, American, and Jewish law—will address the realities, possibilities, and problems of Islamic law, or “Sharia,” in American courts and American life in light of recent attention, misinformation, and hyperbole in the media. Speakers will address how recent Sharia bans at the state level inflame negative views of Muslim Americans and pose risks to the equal protection of Muslims as well as to U.S. national security. They will also discuss where Islamic law exists (or does not exist) in American courts in comparison to Jewish law, and what that means for legal practitioners. The conference is aimed at disseminating accurate information to and fostering informed discussion among policy makers, the media, legal practitioners. Papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the New York Law School Law Review.
Speakers include distinguished legal scholars and practitioners:
• Michael Broyde, Professor at Emory University School of Law, Jewish Law
• Sherman Jackson, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Law, Constitutional Law
• Asifa Quraishi, Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Family Law
• Sadiq Reza, Professor at New York Law School, Criminal Law
• Kristen Stilt, Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, Constitutional Law
• Frank Vogel, Professor at Harvard Law School, Islamic Finance
For more information about the symposium, visit www.nylslawreview.com/sharia. Free registration is required. CLE credits will be available for $50 (free for NYLS alumni and members of MUBANY). A prayer room will be made available for attendees on Friday. Members of the media may RSVP to LaToya Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.431.2191
One of the speakers, Asifa Quraishi, is the author of a paper we posted on back in January 2010, Intro to Islamic Family Law in US Courts. That paper, written by a Muslim, clearly states that Islamic sharia law is entering into U.S. courts, and includes reference to more than 20+ cases:
American judges have been judging Muslim divorces in state courts for years, creating a body of case law that not only involves Islamic family law doctrines, but also reveals interesting insights about American Muslim marriage practices generally. This article reviews the holdings in some published cases, exploring questions of overlapping jurisdictions (state and religious law), and how enforcement of Islamic contract-based claims such as the mahr (bridal gift) have fared in American courts.
More on the event from New York Law School:
C.V. Starr Lecture I
Islamic Law and Finance: Past Developments, Present Controversies, Future Prospects with Frank E. Vogel, independent scholar and consultant on Islamic law and the laws of the Muslim world
This program is sponsored by the Center for International Law, the New York Law School Law Review, and the Muslim Bar Association of New York. Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Professional Practice.
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 185 West Broadway (W-202, 2nd floor). Click here for directions.
Contact: Michael Rhee at (212) 431-2865 or Michael.Rhee@nyls.edu
Click here to register: There is no charge for CLE credits for NYLS graduates and members of the Muslim Bar Association of New York. There is also no charge for students and members of the general public not seeking CLE credit. But registration is still required.
Islamic finance is a highly successful niche market within the global finance industry, growing at double-digit annual rates and increasingly seizing the attention of global financial players. As the industry continues to mature, controversies which have been long in the background are now at the forefront of discussion, especially in light of the 2008 financial crisis. This lecture introduces the practical legal arrangements which allow finance to accord with Islamic teachings. It also examines how these arrangements have been religiously justified, and by whom. The lecture will further show how Islamic finance offers a useful case-study in the application of Shari`a today, offering lessons about Muslim religious, political, and social prospects even beyond finance and law.
About Frank E. Vogel
Frank E. Vogel is an independent scholar and consultant on Islamic law and the laws of the Muslim world. He taught Islamic law at Harvard Law School for 20 years, holding the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chair. In 1991, he founded that law school’s Islamic Legal Studies Program, serving as Director until 2006. He has written extensively on Islamic finance, including the basic reference Islamic Law and Finance: Religion, Risk, and Return (1998). He frequently consults on Islamic finance and on Islamic law in Muslim countries.
More on Vogel and the tens of millions of Saudi dollars they’ve reaped for Islamic programs via When Harvard Met Saudi.
More on another speaker Sherman Jackson, aka Abdal Hakim Jackson, here, The Professor’s Islamist Call to Battle.
Update: Here is a slideshow from the event
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