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.