Sharia in America

Sharia in America: Principles and Prospects

Principles and Prospects
August 25, 2011: C.V. Starr Lecture

August 26, 2011: Symposium

This symposium discussed the place of Islamic law in the United States today and in the future, in a variety of legal fields including family, financial, criminal, and constitutional law.

A video-recording of this event is available here.

The symposium—which featured commentary by and an opportunity to pose questions to leading experts in Islamic, American, and Jewish law—addressed the realities, possibilities, and problems of Islamic law in American courts and American life in light of much attention, misinformation, and hyperbole in the media. Speakers addressed how recent Sharia bans at the state level inflame negative views of Muslim Americans and pose risks to the equal protection of Muslims as well as to U.S. national security. They also discussed where Islamic law exists (or does not exist) in American courts in comparison to Jewish law, and what that means for legal practitioners.

The conference was aimed at disseminating accurate information to and fostering informed discussion among policy makers, the media, legal practitioners, and academics with the help of American scholars who are recognized as leaders in the fields of Islamic as well as Jewish law.

Selected papers presented at the conference have been published in the New York Law School Law Review.  To view articles from this issue, click here.