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Globalization and Law in Muslim Societies*

Library of Congress
Friday, December 7, 2000


Ten participants from major law schools in the United States, the World Bank and private law offices discuss the way globalization affected Islamic law and, more particularly, personal status law and commercial law, and how Western systems of law have had at times to adapt to Islamic practices.

Panels and Topics


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Carolyn Brown, Assistant Librarian for Library Services and Acting Director, Area Studies Collections, Library of Congress, "Introductory Remarks"

Panel I: Muslims in Courts


Ibrahim F. I. Shihata
, ret. Senior Vice President, General Counsel, The World Bank: keynote address. "Globalization and Islamic Law: Some Reflections"

Lawrence Rosen, Chair, Anthropology Department, Princeton University, "Transnational Problems Posed for Muslims in the Legal Realm"

Azizah al-Hibri, Professor of Law, University of Richmond, and Jessie Ball duPont Scholar, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C., "The Muslim Marriage Contract in the 21st Century"

Richard D. Freeland, Visiting Researcher, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, "Treatment of Muslims and Islamic Law in US Courts"

Panel II: Islamic Law and Trade, Governance, and Human Rights

Introduction by Mary-Jane Deeb, Arab World Area Specialist, Library of Congress (Chair)

Frank E. Vogel
, Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, "The Persistence of Islamic Commercial Law"

David L. Khairallah, Of Counsel, Washington Office, White & Case, "Globalization and Governance in Arab Societies"

Maryam Elahi, Director, Human Rights Program, Trinity College, "Impact of the Human Rights Movement on Rights Advocacy in the Middle East"

Mary-Jane Deeb, Arab World Area Specialist, Library of Congress (Chair)

Panel III: Impact of Globalization on Legal Systems: Case Studies--- (AUDIO ONLY)

Introduction by Prosser Gifford, Arab World Area Specialist, Library of Congress (Chair)


AUDIO ONLY
Don Wallace, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, "The Law: Pressure for Change; Some Impressions of Egypt"

Osman Bin Bakar, Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia, and Visiting Professor at the Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Georgetown University, "Islam as a Factor in Malaysia"s Response to Globalization"

M. Lesley Wilkins, Bibliographer for Law of the Islamic World, Harvard Law School Library, "Globalization, Libraries and Legal Resources"

Prosser Gifford, Director, Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress (Chair)

*Made possible with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation


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