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Tue 30-11-1999
Halakha, Sharia and Secular Law

Symposium: Halakha, Sharia and Secular Law


Thanks to public debates on religion, ritual slaughter, circumcision, or more general the relation between church and state, Halakha (Jewish Law) and Sharia (Islamic Law) are widely known. But what is their true religious significance of these legal traditions? What is their precise meaning, and what is their significance in the context of our secular juridical culture?Speakers:

Prof. Chaim N. Saiman, (Villanova University, USA) is also William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University and Jewish Law editor for the Journal of Law and Religion. He will present his new book: Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law (Princeton University Press, 2018).

 Prof. Amr Ryad (University of Leuven, Belgium) is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies.He has published extensively on modern Islamic intellectual and religious history and was co-editor of The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire (Brill, 2015) and Muslims in Interwar Europe: A Trans-cultural Historical Perspective (Brill, 2016).

 Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin (University of Amsterdam/Tilburg) is Professor of Human Rights Law. As a member of the Dutch Christian Democrats (CDA) he held several public offices, including member of parliament, cabinet minister of justice and member of the Council of State. He also served as a judge and is President of the Asser Institute for International and European Law.



14:00-doors open

14:15 - Prof. Chaim Saiman: What is the sense of Halakha?

15:00 - Prof. Amr Ryad: Between Religious Laws and Secular Societies: Jurisprudence for Muslim Minorities in the West

15:45 - break

16:00 - Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin: Religious Citizens: about the Significance of Identities in a Secular State

16:45 - discussion (Saiman, Ryad, Hirsch Ballin): Religious vs Secular Law

17:15 - drinks


Date:November 14, 2019

Place:Uilenburgersjoel, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam

Entrance: €10, (students and friends of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute €5)

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