A PUBLIC LECTURE BY:
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology McGill University
February 8, 2018
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Andrews Conference Room (2203 SS&H) SSONS FROM ACTIVISTS.
What does juridical activism tell us about the way Islamic law is applied in the Middle East? Can we explain the persistence of gender inequality in this region by studying the provisions of Islamic law?
Before suggesting that secularizing the legal systems of the Middle East would help alleviate women’s subordination, I propose we look at how Islamic law is defined and implemented in countries where it informs legislation. To do so, I take my cue from two episodes of political activism that rocked Lebanon over recent years: one led by Sunni Muslims, the other by Shi‘i Muslims. Each of these two advocacy campaigns aimed to modify the Islamic norms enforced by judg-es in contemporary Lebanon. By following courses of action taken by the Sunni and Shi‘i activists, paying attention to their mistakes, failures and achievements, we gain a new perspective on the problem of Islamic law, and its entangle-ment with the legal grammar of secularism.
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Graduate Group in the Study of Religion.