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Monday 12th June - “Why Does Liberalism Find It So Hard To Cope With Religious Identity?” (Professor Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University)

Professor Akeel Bilgrami’s lecture will consider why liberal political and constitutional doctrine finds it so hard to cope with the concept of identity, in particular religious identity, as it surfaces in Politics. He will focus on Islamic identity and the case of free speech and blasphemy, as for example, in the aftermath in liberal democratic states of the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. The lecture, in constructing this argument, will seek to steer past the usual communitarian critiques of liberalism to more underlying considerations of practical reason and moral psychology and show their relevance to the most fundamental aspects of politics and the law. The lecture will argue that the most fundamental issues are not about community vs the individual but rather about the mentality of liberalism versus the mentality of identity politics, looking to questions of commitment both in constitutions and in deep religious commitments.

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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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