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Law On Trial 2017: Religion On Trial - "Islamic Law and Gender Justice"

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Wednesday 14th June -"Islamic Law and Gender Justice" (Qudsia Mirza)

Reformist and progressive scholars are reinterpreting the sources of Shari’a in order to challenge interpretations of the Qur’an and the Hadith literature within the classical Islamic tradition which have given rise to a normative gender hierarchy. They are engaged in an epistemological project of challenging interpretations that have produced theological, legal and ethical principles that conflict with contemporary notions of gender equality.

This panel addresses a number of key questions pertinent to the development of the contemporary reformist movement, particularly in the area of Islamic feminism. How do reformists/feminists conceptualise the notions of gender and equality in their interpretations of the tradition? To what extent does a reconfiguration of gendered rights entail a reliance upon the notion of an Islamic ‘purity of origin’ and a discourse of authenticity? How do reformists reconcile the needs of modernity with the classical tradition, particularly in their choice of interpretive methodologies?

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Amanullah De Sondy, University College Cork

Qudsia Mirza, Birkbeck, University of London

Further speakers TBC

This is a free event, however booking is required.

Law On Trial 2017: Religion On Trial

The School of Law’s annual ‘Law On Trial’ event, a week-long programme of free to attend public lectures and panel discussions will this year focus on the theme of religion. It will be: ‘Religion On Trial’. Running from Monday 12th to Friday 16th June 2017, the event brings together academics, recognised internationally as authorities in their field, both from the School of Law's own ranks and from around the world.

Sign up to the week's events via the links below:

Monday, 12th June 2017 - “Why Does Liberalism Find It So Hard To Cope With Religious Identity?”

Tuesday, 13th June 2017- “Babylon System: Prophecy and Political Advocacy in Marley’s Lyric”

Wednesday, 14th June 2017 - "Islamic Law and Gender Justice"

Thursday, 15th June 2017 - “Islamic Finance: the Middle East, Malaysia, and the West”

Friday, 16th June 2017 - “Demystifying Secularization"

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