What is Sharia?

Presenter: Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu

This workshop starts with a simple question: How can we understand what Sharia is and what it says?

To some, it is the textual embodiment of laws that should govern Muslim individuals and states’ actions. Others argue that Sharia has many meanings, as in open to interpretation. This workshop will explain both viewpoints and will take the discussion a step further: What implications may our understandings of Sharia carry for everyday Americans, Muslim and non-Muslim alike? This workshop delves into scholarly as well as popular engagements with this concept.

Participants will leave the workshop more knowledgeable and ready to draw informed conclusions for themselves.

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