Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Moataz El Fegiery’s book Islamic law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt presents a comprehensive account of Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving thought on Islamic law and International Human Rights. Broadly, the book opposes the setting up of a shari’a state in a democratic regime with religious diversity.  It proposes the reform of traditional Islamic law as proposed by hardline Muslim jurists in favor of an “evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law” in a constitutional setup. The political transitions following the Arab Spring witnessed the influence of Islamists in politics. Focusing the impact of Muslim Brotherhood on the debates on Islamic law in the Muslim world, El Fegiery suggests that the protection of human rights requires the “transformation” of Islamists rather than their exclusion. He shuns the Islamists claim of equating sharia rule with democracy, based on the Muslim identity of people in the Muslim world, and vouches on the incompatibility of a shari’a state with democracy.

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Honoring Egyptian Women’s Voices on International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy – Cairo

Press Release  

March 8, 2017

CAIRO – On the occasion of March 8, International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo convened a symposium to celebrate the publication of the book Daughters of the Nile.  Compiled by Professor Samia Spencer of Auburn University, Daughters of the Nile features the stories of 38 Egyptian women whose bold visions have helped promote change.  Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Association of Cairo, the symposium featured panel discussions with several of the women profiled in the book.  Al Arabiya Cairo Bureau Chief Randa Abu Al-Azm moderated the discussions, and Hoda Badran, Head of the Egyptian Feminist Union, delivered closing remarks.

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