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Wael Hallaq, Prominent Islamic Law Historian, to Speak on April 25

April 21, 2011 – 
Wael B. Hallaq, a world-renowned scholar of Islamic law and Islamic intellectual history, will speak on “The Impossible Islamic State?: The Moral Law & Modernity’s Moral Crises” at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Monday, April 25, 2011. Sponsored by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, and the Student Bar Association and Muslim Law Students Association at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, the event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hallaq is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. Hallaq’s work has been widely read, and translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Japanese, Indonesian and Hebrew. His writings have explored the structural dynamics of legal change in pre-modern law, and have recently been examining the centrality of moral theory to understanding the history of Islamic law. His latest work, Shari’a: Theory, Practice, Transformations (2009) examines the doctrines and practices of Islamic law within the context of its history, from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia, through its development and transformation under the Ottomans, and across lands as diverse as India, Africa and South-East Asia, to the present.

Who:  Dr. Wael Hallaq, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University 
What:  “The Impossible Islamic State?: The Moral Law & Modernity’s Moral Crises,” lecture sponsored by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, and the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Student Bar Association and Muslim Law Students Association 
When:  5 – 6 :30 pm, Monday, April 25, 2011 
Where:  Martini Foundation Lecture Hall (lower level), Rutgers School of Law–Newark