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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

What Everyone Needs to Know About Shariah

luncheon colloquium

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Natana Delong-Bas
Boston College 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 12 - 1:15pm
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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Abstract: What does everyone really need to know about Shariah? This talk will address some of the common stereotypes - and fears - of Shariah, particularly in an American context: What do Muslims mean when they say Shariah? What aspects of it would they like to see implemented in the public sphere? And what do ongoing debates among Muslims about Shariah share in common with Christian debates about religious values in public life? 

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Dr. Natana J. DeLong-Bas is the author of Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know (co-authored with John L. Esposito, 2018), Islam: A Living Faith (2018), Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad (rev. ed. 2008), Notable Muslims: Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture (2006), and Women in Muslim Family Law (co-authored with John L. Esposito, rev. ed., 2001), editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (2013) and deputy editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and Oxford Islamic Studies Online (2008). Past president of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS), she is an expert on Islam, the Arabian Gulf, women and gender, Islamic law, and terrorism and extremism. She is associate professor of the practice of theology and Islamic civilizations and societies at Boston College.

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A March 2019 article from the Africa Times reports on Fox News host Jeanine Pirro's controversial allegation that congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) hijab is a symbol of loyalty to Shariah law. Equally tendentiously, Pirro contends that such an Islamic legal framework is "antithetical" to the U.S. Constitution. On March 26, Professor Natana Delong-Bas will deliver a luncheon colloquium at the Boisi Center addressing common stereotypes of Shariah within an American context, and how unnuanced understandings of shariah and Islam can have dangerous ethical and political effects.