Lansdowne Lecture: Lena Salaymeh Mar 4

Dr. Lena Salaymeh, School of Law, UC Berkeley

Propaganda and politics: Islamic law in contemporary Western imaginations

Islamic law is politicized and propagandized in both academic and popular debates in the West. This talk will explore a pattern of misunderstanding and exploiting Islamic law in a variety of contexts – from the legal academy to the courtroom to the media. I will identify who profits from (erroneously) marketing Islamic law as a rigid code that promotes violence or oppression and how this anti-Islamic law advertising is implemented in subtle ways.
Lena Salaymeh is Robbins Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Salaymeh researches and teaches in areas related to Islamic and Jewish jurisprudence and legal history, as well as law in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. She earned her PhD in Legal and Middle Eastern History from UC Berkeley and her JD from Harvard Law School. She was formerly a visiting professor of law at the University of Houston and has experience working with non-profit legal organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

Time: 10:30 to 11:20
Pricing: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Dr. Shamma Boyarin
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