March 22, 2011
Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman explained aspects of Sharia and Islam Law on a television program -- "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door" -- for CNN's In America series.The segment, which examines a Tennessee city torn apart as residents fight to block the construction of a large Islamic center, is part of a broadcast that will air on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m.
In an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien, Feldman said: "Sharia, according to Muslims, is God's word on how you're supposed to live your life. The question is what did God actually say when he told you how to live your life and on that, Muslims disagree. Islam and Sharia are not the same thing. Islam is the word for a general set of religious beliefs, primarily the oneness of God and the prophesy of the prophet Mohamed. Sharia is the systems of norms and ideals that govern the life of a believing Muslim." When asked if Americans should be afraid of Sharia Law, Feldman replied, "No, there's no reason for an American living under our constitutional system of government that protects us against established religion to fear the introduction of Sharia in our country. It literally cannot happen and won't happen unless 60 to 70% of Americans suddenly become fundamentalist Muslims, and that's not within the bounds of possibility."