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Nootbaar Institute Presents a Conversation about Islam in America

Pepperdine University School of Law’s Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Global Justice Program presented, “Islamophobia? A Conversation about Islam in America,” with Amirhassan Boozari on Tuesday, October 26. Boozari, a Muslim and former civil rights attorney in Iran, is an adjunct professor and teaches Islamic Law.

The discussion centered on Islam and U.S. perceptions of Islam. Topics included questions such as: Is America Islamophobic? Is Islamophobia justified? Does Sharia Law approve of stoning or dismemberment? Is there support in Sharia Law for the mosque at Ground Zero?

Boozari previously served as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, where he taught Islamic Law, Constitutionalism and Democracy in Iran, and cotaught Introduction to Islamic Law and Political Crimes and Legal Systems with Abou El Fadl.

Before residing in the United States, he was legal advisor to a Parlimentary Commission in Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament), which was charged with the duties of Constitutional Ombudsman in Tehran, Iran from 1990 to 1992. Boozari then represented a diverse group of clients in a variety of cases at all levels in Iranian courts and was director and supervisor of his firm, Boozari & Associates, from 1993 to 2002 in Tehran. His article, “Islamic Philosophy of Law,” was recently published in the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (August 2010).

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