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Upcoming Event: The Role and Impact of Islamic Law in Transitioning Arab Spring Countries

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The Law Library, along with the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, will hold a  panel discussion on the role and impact of Islamic law in transitioning Arab Spring countries. The program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building,101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Globe, 2nd Floor, Main Entrance, Madison Building, Library of Congress.

The panelists, guided by moderator Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division, will focus on the role of Shari’a law in the recent and ongoing constitutional drafting processes of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Further discussion will include the impact of Islamic law on the legal systems of Arab Spring states with particular emphasis on personal status issues. The compatibility of Shari’a law and human rights along with the challenges facing women and minorities in transitioning Arab Spring countries will be addressed as well.

The distinguished panel will include Nathan J. Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; Lama Abu-Odeh, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center; and Issam Saliba, Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress.

Mark your calendars for this informative event (and share with your friends on our Facebook page)! For those of our readers who will not be able to make it to the event, we will have a member of the In Custodia Legis team attend on your behalf and blog about it afterwards.  We will also live tweet the event via our @LawLibCongress Twitter account and use the hashtag #ArabSpring .

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