Islamic Legal Reform Law in Contemporary North Africa

November 27, 2018 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Recent decades have witnessed a significant rise in demands for reform of Islamic legal prescriptions relating to women, family, and gender. This panel brings together experts in the areas of Islamic legal reform, gender studies, and Islam and democracy to discuss reform movements in North African contexts.


Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the world's leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum and Political Crimes and Legal Systems. His work has been translated into numerous languages including Arabic, Persian, French, Norwegian, Dutch, Ethiopian, Russian, and Japanese, among others.

Hakima Fassi Fihri is a Moroccan scholar. She teaches Family Law in the School of Law at the Universite Internationale de Rabat. She serves also as the Director of International Relations and Partnerships at IUR. She conducts research and teaches on women's rights in Morocco, Moroccan Family Code readings, inheritance of women in Morocco, gender equality and women's empowerment in North Africa.

Radwan A. Masmoudi is the Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting democracy in the Muslim world. Radwan is also Advisor to Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi on US-Tunisian diversity, human rights, and tolerance in Islam. As Dr. Masmoudi is unable to attend in person, a pre-recorded presentation will be shown.

This event is made possible in part with the support of the MRI-Los Angeles. Through such programs for the broader public, MRI and the UCLA Islamic Studies program aim to promote a more nuanced understanding of issues in Islamic history and civilization rooted in academic research and analysis.

Co-Sponsor(s): UCLA Islamic Studies Program; the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES); UCLA Law International and Comparative Law Program

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