Instructor: Salma Waheedi
This course will focus on human rights advocacy in the Muslim world. After providing an introduction to Islamic law, the course will address difficult questions at the intersection of human rights law and some interpretations of Islamic law. Topics to be examined include religious freedom, sexual relations and sexuality, domestic relations, the rights of children, and public dress and behavior. The course will focus on how human rights organizations -- international, regional, and local -- have worked on cases in these areas of concern, and will consider how such organizations can most effectively address issues that involve religious belief and practice.