Special Series: Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities - 2010
by Isabelle Dana
In this first article in a series on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities, Isabelle Dana, a young professional in communications and media, examines the theological voices among Muslims today who are calling for a political alternative to an Islamic state.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 5 January 2010) 
by Mohsine El Ahmadi
In this second article on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities, Georgetown University's Visiting Scholar Mohsine El Ahmadi examines the extent to which Moroccan law and the government's effort to promote multiculturalism is informed by shari'a.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 19 January 2010) 
by Sara Khorshid
In this third article in a series on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities, Egyptian journalist Sara Khorshid considers the controversy surrounding the rights of non-Muslims in Egypt in the context of a larger debate about the place of Islamic law and democracy in the country.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 2 February 2010) 
by Asghar Ali Engineer
In this fourth article in a series on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities, Mumbai-based Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer considers how the historical precedence of protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries could influence the present.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 25 May 2010) 
by Huma Yusuf
Following the recent attacks on the Ahmadi community in Lahore that left 80 dead, Karachi-based freelance journalist Huma Yusuf explains why she believes Pakistanís blasphemy laws run contrary to its founding spirit in this fifth article in a series on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 29 June 2010) 
by Yasser Khalil
Egyptian journalist Yasser Khalil weighs Egyptiansí desire for democratic change against their resistance to change the religious foundation of their constitution in this final article in a series on Islamic law and non-Muslim minorities.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 July 2010) 
 
 
 
 
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- Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt
 
 
 

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