Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl on “Islamic Law in an Age of Fear”

On October 1st, 2018, Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl spoke to a gathering of around 40 students and scholars at Harvard Law School for a SHARIAsource lunch talk entitled “Islamic Law in an Age of Fear.” He discussed themes from his new book, focusing on the widening epistemological gaps between historical practice and modern consciousness. “The more law stops making sense to its audience, the more law has to resort to apologetics to legitimize itself…inflating its own legitimacy at the expense of social reality, the more it moves towards a coercive system,”(paraphrased) Abou El Fadl proposed. The event was livetweeted, and more will come when SHARIAsource releases its podcast episode featuring Professor Abou El Fadl and 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow Mariam Sheibani.