About The Project

The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective

This project is the current initiative of Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory School of Law.

The project celebrates and seeks to contribute to the struggle of Islamic societies to define themselves in the context of the local and global conditions under which they live. A key aspect of this process is the constitutional and legal dimensions of the post-colonial experiences of Islamic societies, especially the relationship among Islam, state and society.

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About The Website

On this Web Site, all people should feel free to view and comment on Prof. An-Na'im's work.

Today, Islamic societies are facing a series of crises, and Prof. An-Na'im's work provides a framework where people can peaceably discuss the future of Islamic society in a changing world.

Visit the Project portion of the site to examine an overview of Prof. An-Na'im's work and to post your comments. For more knowledge about the Future of Shari`a, visit the Topics section of this Web Site.

You can find out more about Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An'Na'im's manuscript, and we encourage you to participate and create topics in the online discussion forum. Use the Contact Portion for feedback about the web site.

Recent Updates

  • Added webcast of Prof. An-Na'im's lecture: "The Future of Shari`a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective," Annual Currie Lecture, The Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory School of Law, January 29, 2007.
  • Launched New Website Design. Contact Us and let us know what you think.
  • Prof. An-Na'im'will be speaking at Emory Law School December 30th 2008. Visit the Emory Law School events website for more information about the event.
Islam and the Secular State

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About The Author

Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. His specialties include human rights in Islam and cross-cultural issues in human rights, and he is the director of the Religion and Human Rights Program at Emory. He also participates in Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. An-Naim was formerly the Executive Director of the African bureau of Human Rights Watch. He argues for a synergy and interdependence between human rights, religion and secularism, instead of a dichotomy and incompatibility between them.

An-Naim is originally from Sudan, where he was greatly influenced by the Islamic reform movement of Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.


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