"Teaching Islamic Law at American Law Schools"
held in conjunction with the AALS Section on Islamic Law
Hauser Hall 105, Harvard Law School

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Welcome, by Bernard Freamon (Seton Hall University School of Law; 2007 AALS Section Chair)
Introduction, by Frank E. Vogel (ILSP, Harvard Law School; 2006 AALS Section Chair)
Session I.  Religion and History: How does one handle the intimate connection with the Islamic religion and how much history does one introduce? (moderated by Baber Johansen, ILSP Acting Director, Harvard Law School)                                           
Session II. Islamic Law and Coverage: How to deal with the vastness of Islamic law? Is Islamic law a black-letter law that one can teach? (moderated by John Makdisi, St. Thomas University School of Law)                         
Session III. Doctrine vs. Practice: How does one counterbalance the teaching of doctrine with practice of e.g. local communities, and how does one achieve some sort of genuine exposure to practice? (moderated by Mark Cammack, Southwestern School of Law)
Session IV. Islamic Law and State Law: Can state law in such states as Egypt nowadays, even where it concerns family law with an Islamic legal basis, be presented as Islamic? (moderated by Louise Halper, Washington & Lee University School of Law)                         
General Discussion and summing up of conceptual section (moderated by Frank Vogel)

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Session V. Arabic Terminology: How does one get around the problem of Islamic legal terms in Arabic? (moderated by Bernard Freamon)
Session VI. English-Language Materials: Where can one find English-language materials and good English translations of Islamic legal sources? (moderated by Asifa Quraishi, University of Wisconsin School of Law; 2008 AALS Section Chair)
General Discussion, summing up of practical section, and plans for follow-up workshop (moderated by John Makdisi)


Peri Bearman, ILSP, Harvard Law School
George Bisharat, University of California Hastings College of Law
Ann Black, University of Queensland, Australia
Mark Cammack, Southwestern School of Law
Anver Emon, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Bernard Freamon, Seton Hall University School of Law
Louise Halper, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Baber Johansen, ILSP, Harvard Law School
John Makdisi, St. Thomas University School of Law
Qudsia Mirza, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Asifa Quraishi, University of Wisconsin Law School
Ruud Peters, University of Amsterdam
Russell Powell, Seattle University School of Law
Sadiq Reza, New York Law School
Kristen Stilt, Northwestern University School of Law
Christie Warren, William & Mary School of Law
Frank Vogel, ILSP, Harvard Law School