On Thursday, February 16th, AIC welcomed Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, a scholar of US Constitutional Law and Islamic Law. She gave an insightful talk that unpacked the history and definitions of sharia and fiqh. This understanding laid the groundwork for how to address the anti-Sharia campaign in the US. Dr. Quraishi-Landes’ thoughtful approach perfectly communicated fiqh’s relation to sharia. Additionally, Dr. Quraishi-Landes gave examples of how religious freedoms are accommodated under US Constitutional Law. Those accommodations by the government are not the same as enforcing sharia or any other religious law on all US citizens, as the US practices separation of “church and state,” which debunked the “creeping sharia” agitators’ claims. See the video below.
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 6:00pm Light Refreshments; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College