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Start Date: February 2, 2024 (18:00)
End Date: February 2, 2024 (19:30 GMT)
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Al Manaar | The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre – London – United Kingdom

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with author *Dr. Joseph Jon Kaminski [International University of Sarajevo]

Respondent**Professor Mohammad Fadel [University of Toronto]

Date and time: Friday 2nd February 2024, 6pm

Venue: Al Manaar | The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Rd, London W10 5YG

The author argues that, despite recent efforts to speak of overlapping consensuses and discursive congruence, the fundamental categories that constitute “Islam” and “Liberalism” remain very different, and that these differences should be taken seriously. Thus far, no recent scholarly works have explicitly or meticulously broken down where these differences lie. The author rigorously explores questions related to rights, moral epistemologies, the role of religion in the public sphere, and more general approaches to legal discourse, via primary and canonical sources constitutive of both Islam and liberalism. He then goes on to articulate why communitarian modes of thought are better suited for engaging with Islam and contemporary socio-political modes of organization than liberalism is.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of politics and international relations, Islam, liberalism, and communitarianism.

About the author: *Dr. Joseph Jon Kaminski [International University of Sarajevo]

Joseph J. Kaminski, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Professor affiliated with the Department of Political Science and International Relations. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy (double major) from Rutgers University (2004), M.A. in Political Science from the City University of New York (CUNY) – Graduate Center (2008), and Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University (2014). His current research interests include religion and politics/international relations with a focus on the Muslim world, comparative political theory, and new approaches to Islamic public reason. His works have appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Compass, Religious Studies Review, and The Thunderbird International Business Review. He also has written two solo-authored manuscripts: The Contemporary Islamic Governed State: A Reconceptualization (Palgrave, 2017) and Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation (Routledge, 2021), and he has been a Research Associate and Symposium Coordinator at the Ummatics Institute since May 2022.

About the Respondent: **Professor Mohammad Fadel [University of Toronto] – [Full Professor & Former Canada Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law (2006-16)]. Mohammad H. Fadel is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

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