Religion on Trial

Birkbeck celebrates the School of Law’s annual ‘Law on Trial’ event, a week-long programme of free public lectures and panel discussions, this year focusing on religion.

Next week Birkbeck will be celebrating the School of Law’s annual ‘Law On Trial’ event, a week-long programme of free to attend public lectures and panel discussions. This year, the topics coming under scrutiny will focus on the theme of religion.

Running from Monday 12 to Friday 16 June 2017, the event brings together academics recognised internationally as authorities in their field, both from Birkbeck’s own ranks and from around the world.

The week’s events will analyse the changing role of religion in modern society from a legal perspective.

While all the events will be free for the public to attend, booking is required at the links below:

Why does liberalism find it so hard to cope with religious identity?
Monday 12 June 2017, 18.30-20.30
A lecture from Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University) will consider why liberal political and constitutional doctrine finds it so hard to cope with the concept of identity, in particular religious identity, as it surfaces in politics. This will be followed by a drinks reception. Click here to book your place.

Babylon system: prophecy and political advocacy in Marley’s Lyric
Tuesday 13 June 2017, 18.30-20.30
Kwame Dawes, poet and author, will discuss the representation of Babylon as a complex spiritual and political force, exploring issues of diaspora, oppression and liberation. Click here to book your place.

Islamic law and gender justice
Wednesday 14 June 2017, 18.30-20.30
This panel event will address a number of key questions pertinent to the development of the contemporary reformist movement, particularly in the area of Islamic feminism. Click here to book your place.

Islamic finance: the Middle East, Malaysia and the West
Thursday 15 June 2017, 18.30-20.30
This panel aims to provide an in-depth account of Islamic conceptions of gharar in contrast to current Western conceptualisations of risk, using the respective financial legal frameworks of both as criterion. Click here to book your place.

Demystifying secularization
Friday 16 June 2017, 18.30-20.30

This session is devoted to a recently published book, co-authored by Birkbeck’s Dr Marinos Diamantides and Dr Anton Schutz: “Political Theology: Demystifying Universalism”. Anton Schutz will speak on the topic: “Religion, Secularization, Christianity”. This will be followed by a drinks reception. Click here to book your place.

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