The Flexibility of Islamic Law – Tesneem Alkiek | 2018 Yaqeen/MAS Academic Conference

Tesneem Alkiek

FELLOW | Tesneem is the Director of Expanded Learning and a Fellow at Yaqeen Institute. She completed her undergraduate degree in Early Christianity and Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic Studies at Georgetown University with a focus on the development of Islamic law.

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Sometimes, as American Muslims, we tend to distance ourselves from “Shar-ee-ah” law. It’s not something we’re too familiar with, and from what we’ve heard, it doesn’t sound too appealing either. In fact, a recent study suggested that Islamic values (aka the teachings of the Shariah) were better represented in Western societies than in Muslim countries. This presentation surveys the role of the Shari’ah as a means of serving and benefiting the people throughout history, before asking the critical question: what went wrong?

Learn more about the historical and political factors that have erroneously reduced the Shari’ah to an irrelevant system of discrimination and punishment, and discover ways of revitalizing the values of the Shari’ah in our own lives.

This session took place at the Yaqeen/MAS Academic Conference at the 2018 MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago, IL.

Read the full publication to learn more.