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2007-2008 Interfaith Speaker Series: Religious Controversies: Beyond Polarization?


In response to growing concerns that religious beliefs and institutions foster cultural polarization, this three-part series will explore the extent to which religious understandings of law and social policy have the capacity to hold contrasting positions in harmony.

Islamic Ethics, Moral Controversy and Islamic Law (May 2008)

Conversation with:
Professor Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Prof. Marion H. Katz, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Reading:
Mohammad H. Fadel, The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law, Part 4-5, University of Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 977206 (2007)
Mohammad H. Fadel, Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights, 8 Chi. J. Int'l L. 1 (2008)

Catholic Perspectives in Abortion Law (January 2008)

Conversation with:
Dr. Peter Steinfels, Co-Director of the Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
Amy Uelmen, Esq., Director, Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, Fordham Law School

Reading:
Amelia J. Uelmen, Traveling Light: Pilgrim Law and the Nexus between Law, Politics and Catholic Social Teaching, 22 J. L. & Religion 445 (2006-2007). Download PDF
Amelia J. Uelmen, Conscience Forming, 47 Living City 6-9 (January 2008). Download PDF

The Appreciation of Ambiguity in Jewish Law (October 2007)

Conversation with:
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Director of Organizational Development, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)
Prof. Alan Mittleman, Director, Louis Finkelstein Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary

Reading:
H. Patrick Glenn, “A Talmudic Legal Tradition: The Perfect Author” in Legal Traditions of the World, pp 86-115 (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, How to Think about Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century: A New Model of Jewish Identity Construction, 79 Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 37-45 (Fall 2002)