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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 23, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Islamic Culture and Law Expert to Speak at UI College of Law

Emory University law professor Abdullahi An-Naim, a leading expert on Islamic history and commentator on contemporary Islamic societies, will discuss "Iraq, Human Rights and the Democratization of the Arabic World" when he speaks at the University of Iowa College of Law at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in Room 225 of the Boyd Law Building.

Media are invited to attend the event.

A native of Sudan, An-Naim is the co-author of the 1996 book, "Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights and International Law." His scholarly work arises from his personal experiences as a Muslim from Northern Sudan struggling to reconcile his Islamic faith and identity with his commitment to universal acceptance of and respect for human rights. He seeks to promote a liberal modernist understanding of Islam, and the cultural legitimacy of international human rights standards. He is also concerned with promoting human rights that lead to positive social change.

An-Naim is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School and director of the Religion and Human Rights Program of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University School of Law. He directs several research projects that focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation.

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