Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Zoom Virtual Event
The "Mapping COVID Fatwās" Project seeks to explore the myriad of ways in which Islamic legal scholars around the world have responded to the current pandemic. From broad commentary on the theological implications of a pandemic to narrower, practical guidance on topics ranging from congregational prayers to funeral rites, Islamic jurists have been at the forefront of helping shape the nature and success of state responses to COVID-19 in the Muslim world. Aside from looking at the nature of legal reasoning in the opinions being issued, this webinar will touch on what the role of Islamic law in the pandemic tells us about the competing authority of the state versus religious scholars, as well as the delicate balancing of science and tradition.
Adnan A. Zulfiqar, J.D./Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on the underlying assumptions and frameworks driving legal discourses. His primary fields of inquiry are Islamic law and American criminal law/procedure. He is an Editor for Harvard Law School's SHARIA Source project, on the Editorial Board of the Arab Law Quarterly and outgoing Chair of the Section on Islamic Law at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). He holds a J.D., M.A. and Ph.D. (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as degrees from Georgetown and Emory universities.