Are the rules associated with sharia static and unchanging? If not, what does it take to reform them? Asifa Quraishi-Landes explains how and when Islamic legal reform is possible, and what is at stake in such an undertaking.
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Dispelling the popular misconception that Sharia oppresses women, ISPU Fellow Asifa Quraishi-Landes illustrates the empowering aspects of Islamic law for women. Dr. Quraishi-Landes explains where Sharia is in fact more favorable to women than modern Western law displaying why many Muslim women may prefer the traditional religious legal system to protect their rights. ... » read more
While the Obama administration is searching for an exit in Afghanistan, Pakistan will continue to face the dual challenges of insurgent conflict and radicalization beyond 2014. Dealing with these issues will remain vital to American regional policy as well because of the “pivot” to East Asia, the importance of India (also threatened by Islamist terrorism) as a country central to realizing that strategy, and the United States’ economic plans (e.g., the New Silk Road) to integrate Central and South Asia.
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Nader Hashemi examines the relationship between Islam and democracy historically, comparatively and dispassionately. This policy brief is part of a series of papers co-sponsored by ISPU and the British Council examining Islam and the West. ... » read more
The term “Islamo-Christian” conveys the vast degree of overlap between the two faiths, a degree of overlap that is significantly greater than the overlap suggested by the commonplace term “Judeo-Christian.” Use of this term encourages a comparison between Islam and Christianity that can yield valuable insights into each religion’s history and institutional structure. What follows outlines some of the lessons that can be learned by exploring the common characteristics of Islamo-Christian civilization. ... » read more