Dallah Albaraka Lectures on Islamic Law & Civilization Begin On Sept. 30

The 2014-2015 Dallah Albaraka Lectures on Islamic Law & Civilization will begin on September 30, 2014 at Yale Law School.

The lectures will feature six prominent speakers from a range of disciplines who will examine and discuss various issues relating to Islamic Law and Civilization.

Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, Head of the Ennahda Movement in Tunisia, will deliver the first lecture of the year on September 30. His lecture is titled “The Foundations of the Tunisian Model.” It will take place at 4:15 pm in Room 127.

Rached Ghannouchi co-founded the Ennahda Movement, an Islamist group that is currently Tunisia’s largest political party and the dominant participant in a coalition that has governed the country since the October 2011 elections. After spending more than two decades in exile for his political activism, Ghannouchi returned to Tunisia in January 2011 to participate in the country’s democratic transition. Widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential Islamic thinkers, he was named one of TIME’s one hundred most influential people in the world in 2012.

On October 21, Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life at Harvard University, will present a lecture titled “The Enduring Muslim State in the Modern Middle East.”

On November 11, Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver a lecture titled “Encounters with Modernity in the Arab World.” The remaining lectures will take place at 4:15 pm in the faculty lounge.

For a full list of this year’s lectures, click here.

The Dallah Albaraka Lecture Series began last year, bringing a legal scholar, a political scientist, a historian, and an engineer who is a leading Iranian philosopher to the Law School. Watch videos of the 2013-2014 Dallah Albaraka lectures.