Conference on ‘Rethinking Shari'ah: Who Speaks for Islam? Identifying the Key Voices and their Resonance in the Muslim World’ (Georgetown University, Washington DC, 7 October 2010)

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Osman Bakar


This event took place at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and was organised by the School’s Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding. Its subtheme, ‘Identifying the Key Voices and their Resonance in the Islamic World’, provides an indication to the scope as well as the focus of the intended discussion.

In his welcoming address, Esposito, the Center’s Director, tried to rationalise the importance of the conference by situating issues of the shari'ah in Islamic historical space spanning 14 centuries since the time of the Prophet Muhammad and highlighting the need to comprehend the increasingly contested positions in the global discourse on the shari'ah among both Muslims and non-Muslims.

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