“Islam and Public Policy: Contestations in a Plural Legal System”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 (All day)

A dynamic lecture addressing public contestations on constitutionalism and codified law versus divine law by Zainah Anwar, Project Director for Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Law School Classroom 2 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Zainah Anwar is a founding member and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian non-governmental organization working on women’s rights within the Islamic framework. The group works in the areas of research, advocacy, public education and legal reform and services to push for a progressive rights-based understanding of Islam. It deals with a wide range of issues, including the Islamic Family Law, Islamic Criminal Law, domestic violence, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, Islam as a source of law and public policy, and Islam and women’s rights.

Zainah is currently the Project Director for Musawah (www.musawah.org), a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She also writes a monthly column on politics, religion and women’s rights, called Sharing the Nation, in the Sunday Star, Malaysia.

Zainah has also served as Chief Program Officer, Political Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London; Senior Analyst, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Kuala Lumpur; and Political and Diplomatic Writer, the New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur. Her book, Islamic Revivalism in Malaysia: Dakwah Among the Students, has become a standard reference for the study of Islam in Malaysia. She was educated at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, Boston University, and the MARA Institute of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia.

For more info call 956-8478 or email lawevent@hawaii.edu
Free and Open to the Public