Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
Professor Sherman A. Jackson, the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Director of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice at the University of Southern California, will deliver the inaugural lecture on "Converging Limits: Shari'ah and the U.S. Constitution."
The lecture will dispel, on the one hand, the stereotypical overstatement contained in the idea that shari'ah covers *everything* that an individual and collective human existence entails. It will reiterate, on the other hand, the limits the Constitution places on itself in terms of how groups and individuals may relate to their respective religious traditions. This treatment of the limits of shari'ah and the Constitution will open up the way to a discussion on the degree to which the two can mutually co-exist and talk to each other.