University of St. Thomas School of Law Spring Symposium: Islamic Law and Constitutional Liberty

Date(s) of Conference:

April 12, 2010


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Schulze Grand Atrium
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403


Panelists will discuss topics related to two broad themes:

  • First, what challenges and opportunities face democracies in Muslim-majority nations as they seek to integrate Islamic law with the rights typically accorded in constitutional democracies?
  • Second, what tensions exist between adherence to Islamic law and the norms of liberal democracies in nations with growing Muslim minorities?

Within this framework, participants will discuss Islam and religious liberties; privatization of law issues, such as those being considered in Canada; and notions of patriotism, assimilation and pluralism as they pertain to Islam. They also will explore the unique features of Islamic law and its integration into modern legal systems.

Contact Information:

Bethany Moeller
651. 962.4830


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