New York City Bar To Explore Islamic Law

Monday, April 5, 2010 - 01:00

The New York City Bar is featuring a program that will examine Shariah, the law of Islam on Wednesday, April 21, at the NYC Bar, 42 West 44th Street in New York City. The session will run from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m.

Attendees will learn that before the Common Law of England and the Civil Law of France, even before the Law Merchant, there was the Shariah, the law of Islam. The program will address its key features and how they relate and compare to the bodies of law attorneys already know. The speakers will explain the development of Islamic Law from the revelation of the Quran through 1,000 A.D.

The topics include an explanation of the Sunni-Shi'a schism, the basic tenets of Islamic Law (Shari'a) and jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), the similarities and differences from prior Roman Law and post-Enlightenment Western law, and the basic elements of modern Islamic finance.

The moderator for this program is Robert Michael, chair, Subcommittee on Islamic Law, Committee on Foreign and Comparative law, at-large member, Council on International Affairs. Other speakers will be announced shortly.

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