Originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, a native of Sudan, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associate professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights, and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights, and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Dr. An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation: Women and Land in Africa, Islamic Family Law, the Fellowship Program in Islam and Human Rights, and The Future of Sharia: Islam and the Secular State. These projects can be accessed through An-Na'im's professional website » . His latest book of many, published in December 2021 by Cambridge University Press, is Decolonizing Human Rights. Dr. An-Na'im's current research projects include a study of Muslims and the secular state, and of human rights from state-centric to people-centered. He continues to further develop his theory of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard University Press, 2008), also published in Arabic and Indonesian. Translations of this manuscript in Bengali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish and Russian, are available for download free of charge at sharia.law.emory.edu » . Professor An-Na’im received his PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1976; the LLB (Honours) and Diploma in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, England, 1973; and the LLB (Honours )from the University of Khartoum, Sudan 1970.
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