Here's the thing. If the left, the apologists and the Islamic supremacists insist that Islamic law (sharia) poses no threat to the American system of governance, which is their position against the state by state resolutions banning the sharia, then why are our universities increasingly teaching it? South Carolina has just joined the ranks of states seeking to ban the most radical and intolerant system of governance on the planet, Islamic law (sharia).
Keith Ellison's alma mater will be introducing an Islamic sharia law program at the University of Minnesota. This is not new. This is a disturbing and dangerous trend.
Back in 2009, I reported on conferences that Syracuse University began conducting on Isalmic law (sharia): Syracuse Legitimizing Islamic (Shariah) Law
To insert islamic law (shariah) in the same sentence as "humanitarian" law is so patently dishonest and dangerous and bad enough, but a conference that attempts to put the two together is criminal. It is propaganda under the guise of education.
Atlas reader Scott G wrote me, "I recently received a self congratulatory e-mail from the Dean's office for the school of Arts and Sciences boasting of a conference that explores and celebrates Islamic thinking in humanitarian law. This conference takes place this week.
Dhimmitude in CNY? It seems this conference will whitewash Islamic law and give it legitimacy as a valid source of legislation. No one reads my blog, but maybe you can get some action on stopping this. Though I'm sure it's too late now."
Any of my readers on the board of Syracuse? Someone needs to slap these asshats out of it. These people are going to be eaten alive.
4.17.2009 Workshop, Syracuse University: The goal of the initiative’s first workshop is to begin identifying the most pressing issues at the intersection of Islamic jurisprudence and humanitarian law and to consider how their shared concerns may prompt creativity in addressing present gaps in IHL—notably, the lack of standards for dealing with the rise of irregular armies or the inability of the law to accommodate asymmetric forms of attacks by non-state entities against sovereign states.
III Network and Related Initiatives: INSCT is developing partnerships on different aspects of this topic with the United Institute for Peace’s (USIP) Rule of Law Center of Innovation, which develops strategies for policymakers and practitioners to promote the rule of law in fragile and post-conflict societies; and Harvard University’s International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative (IHLRI), a central resource for the reaffirmation and development of international humanitarian law based at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Well, the 20 million dollar gift that Harvard received from the Saudis really did pay off.
304 Tolley Humanities Building, Syracuse University
Overview: The Islam-IHL initiative examines from multiple perspectives the ongoing role of Islam, including Islamic leaders, in International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and the potential of that contribution for contending with new forms of warfare and international conflicts. The goal of the Workshop is to begin identifying the most pressing issues at the intersection of Islamic jurisprudence and humanitarian law and to consider how their shared concerns may prompt creativity in addressing troubling gaps in IHL today—notably, the lack of standards for dealing with the rise of irregular armies, or the inability of the law to accommodate asymmetric forms of attacks by non-state entities against sovereign states.
Topics for Discussion will likely include the role of culturally and religiously-based legal norms and their authoritative sources for limiting armed conflict’s effects on victims; the meaning of asymmetry from the perspective of the weaker party; conflicting and even incompatible notions of legitimacy and defense in military actions; and the role of universal human rights standards in relation to culture and conflict.
Approach: The bodies of law under consideration are “living traditions,” to paraphrase the 8th century jurist al-Awzai’s view of Islamic law, the uninterrupted, intergenerational practice of adapting approved legal precepts to contemporary circumstances. This view rebuts the tendency to reduce Western and Islamic legal traditions to static or monolithic constructs by recognizing each as complex, dynamic, and plural (made up of sub-traditions). Given the inherent complexity of this subject across traditional disciplines and practice areas (i.e., international humanitarian, military, legal, and policy communities) an interdisciplinary approach and sustained collaboration for advancing knowledge on this pressing topic is necessary.
Objective: The resulting analysis from the Islam-IHL initiative will lay the groundwork for engaging a larger community of practitioners and scholars in understanding the relationship between IHL and Islamic law for internationally viable approaches to present-day asymmetric challenges—including those involving Islamic groups or states.
· What role does Islam play in international laws and norms for conducting warfare and why do some consider Islamic law an alternative to IHL?
· Does incorporating primary and secondary Islamic sources foster a different understanding and legal interpretation of key IHL provisions and its present challenges today?
· What shared or divergent visions and precepts underlie IHL and Islamic attempts to humanize warfare?
· Do Islamic doctrines of warfare have lessons for contemporary conflict settings, asymmetric warfare, non-state belligerents, present gaps in IHL, or the relationship between Jus in bello and Jus ad bellum?
· Are contesting interpretations of Islamic law enabling Islamist interpretations of warfare and the use of violence for social and political change?
· What would a productive synthesis look like between Islamic jurisprudence and IHL that humanizes war while preserving state’s sovereignty, a balance central to the universal acceptance of IHL?
Please contact Corri Zoli if you are interested in this initiative.
Keith Ellison continues to prove Allen West was spot on. Recall that Ellison spent Presidents Day weekend at the College of Sharia in Qatar a few years ago.
Contacts: Cynthia Huff, Law School, email@example.com, (612) 625-6691
Abdulwahid Qalinle, Islamic Law and Human Rights Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, (612) 501-7384
Patty Mattern, University News Service, email@example.com, (612) 624-2801
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/24/2011) —The University of Minnesota Law School’s Human Rights Center will launch its Islamic Law and Human Rights Program (IHRP) on Friday, Feb. 4. Opening ceremonies will be held from 3 to 4:40 p.m. in Room 25 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
The new program will focus on current issues and debates surrounding human rights and Islamic law and will encourage and facilitate new approaches to research and real-world application. It will engage students through teaching, publications, fellowships, internships, applied research, field work, conferences and other special events on current human rights and Islamic law issues.
IHRP will function as a think-tank for issues related to Islamic law, human rights, the rule of law and terrorism in the Muslim world. Through the Human Rights Center, students will have access to advice and resources involving diverse constituencies, including students and human rights workers in organizations in the United States and around the Middle East and the Muslim world.
The program will be housed in the Law School’s Human Rights Center on the plaza level of Mondale Hall and will be directed by Abdulwahid Qalinle, an adjunct associate professor of law at the Law School since 2004.
The event will include remarks by Qalinle; Law School Dean David Wippman; U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (’90); co-director of the Human Rights Center and Law School Professor David Weissbrodt; Judge LaJune Lange (’78); dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College and Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar; Minneapolis Foundation Program Officer Zaineb Hassan; and Director of the African Development Center Hussein Samatar.
Associate Vice President and Dean of the Office of International Programs Meredith McQuaid (’91) will formally inaugurate the new program at the conclusion of the speakers’ remarks. Light refreshments will follow.
RSVP is requested by Feb. 1 to Vicky Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 626-0041.
Internships and field work on Islamic sharia law – right here in the U.S.