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"A New Islamic Law for Muslims in the West: fiqh al-aqalliyat"

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Time: 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm

Contact: Sara Clark · · 504 865 3943

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Humanities and Natural Sciences & the Department of Religious Studies present the Fall 2013 Yamauchi Lecture:

“A New Islamic Law for Muslims in the West: fiqh al-aqalliyat”

Dr. Adil Hussain Khan, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies

You’ve heard of the separation of Church and State. In Islam, there is no official Church OR State. There is only Islamic Law. Through creative reform, Contemporary Muslims living in the West are part of the latest evolution in Islamic law: fiqh al-aqalliyat.

Tuesday, September, 24th, 7pm
Free, and Open to the Public

Once, all Muslim women were required to wear headscarves, but some are foregoing this tradition in the West. Where intermarriage with non-Muslims was once forbidden, some Muslim women now marry non-Muslim men without fear of legal retribution. There’s more…

Loyola University New Orleans
Nunemaker Auditorium

Main entrance on the third floor of Monroe Hall
(Currently under renovation, follow the signs!)
6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70118

ABOUT THE LECTURE: Islam’s legal tradition has developed through a process of continual change, enabling Muslims to adapt religious rulings as new challenges present themselves: In addition to dress and marriage, there is also the development of new Islamic banking schemes that avoid the traditional ban on the interest-based lending which dominates Western finance. These and other remarkable changes have led progressive Muslim scholars to develop new attitudes about those living as minorities in the West: This lecture will explore the development of fiqh al-aqalliyat and the legal reforms intended to cater to this population. It will also attempt to explain why these changes are considered controversial by traditional legal scholars, who reject these types of dispensations for Western Muslims.

Free parking in the West Road Garage!
Please do not park in "reserved", metered, or handicapped spaces.

ABOUT THE LECTURER: Dr. Khan’s research interests include sectarian reform movements in 19th century South Asia and unconventional expressions of Islam. He holds the Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS,) University of London, and also conducted post-doctoral research on aspects of Islam in Europe while he was at University College Cork in Ireland. Prior to joining Loyola, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His He is also interested in contemporary Islam, Muslim identity, and aspects of Islam's intellectual tradition.

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