“The Muslim world population is 1.4 billion people. By the middle of the century, one out of four people will be Muslim. … [There are] 57 Muslim countries today. Think of the number,” [Professor Akber] Ahmed said. “America — as a superpower, as a world leader — needs to be able to interact in a positive way with one-fourth of the world’s population.”  See the rest of this article HERE.

During the Spring 2009 semester, on March 23, 25 & 26, the Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA) hosted a series of dialogues on defining Islam.  These events were co-sponsored by the Business Law Society, and the Diversity Office.  For more details, podcast of each night (see below) and with questions on upcoming programs, please contact second-year law student who organized this sypmposium, Mohammad Ali Naquvi at: mnaquvi@albanylaw.edu
NOTE:  Our Interfaith Room is open to all attendees in need of a quiet place to pray and/or meditate during this week.  It is located on the first floor of Schaffer Law Library, Room M-125. To accommodate other users – plan to use this room for short periods of time.   Events were held on Albany Law’s campus and a schedule of events were as follows:

DIALOGUES ON DEFINING ISLAM

MONDAY, MARCH 23
Location: West Wing Classroom, 5pm
Welcome, President & Dean of Albany Law School, Thomas Guernsey

“History and Development of Islamic Legal Thought”, Speaker: Syed-Mohsin Naquvi, President, Mohsena Memorial Foundation, author of 4 books including “Understanding Karbala”.

  • “Enhancement of Modern Islamic Jurisprudence Through Better Training of Jurists”, Speaker: Hany Mawla, Esq., Adjunct Professor in Islamic Law, Rutgers University; Chair, NJ Arab-American Heritage Commission (appted by NJ Governor Corzine).
    Moderator: Stephen E. Gottlieb, Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School

Dinner Reception to follow, East Foyer
For the March 23rd Podcast Click HERE.

Comments from organizer Ali Naquvi: Monday night’s event on Comparative Islamic Law was fantastic.  We had about 40 people turn out, including a few local professors, attorneys, and students from local universities.  The Dean’s welcoming comments expressed the need for the understanding of Islamic Law in the legal arena in the U.S. were poignant and set the stage for a positive reception of both speakers’ talks.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  We are sure the next 2 nights will be even better!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
Location: Room 200, 7pm
“Islam, Democracy and Self-Determination”,  Speaker: Mr. Faisal Kutty, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto, ON.

  • Moderator:  Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

“Islam, Women and Human Rights”, Speaker: Dr. Andrea Stanton, Assistant Director, Center for Dialogues, New York University, New York, NY     For March 25 PODCAST Click HERE.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Location: Room 200, 5pm
“The Basics of Islamic Finance”, Speaker: Professor Ali Khan, Professor of Law at Washburn Law School, Topeka, KS

Keynote Speaker: “Future Impact of Islamic Financial System on Institutions in the Western World”, Rushdi Siddiqui, Esq.,  ALS ’91, Global Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters.

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Connie Mayer, will introduce keynote speaker
  • Moderated by: Nancy Ota, Professor of Law

Dinner Reception to follow, East Foyer
For March 26 PODCAST Click HERE HERE   Brochure HERE  Facebook: click HERE
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