Seyed Masoud NooriSeyed Masoud Noori

Former Director of Research and Education, Center for Human Rights Studies,
Mofid University, Qom, Iran
Visiting Scholar, Center for International and Comparative Law, Emory University

Understanding Shariah through Justice-Based Ijtihad; New Egypt's Constitution as a Case Study

Friday, February 1, 2013
12:30 pm – Room 1140 Eck Hall of Law

Cosponsored with the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Synopsis
One of most important and challenging debates in Muslim world, from North Africa to Middle East and South Asia is the relation between “Shariah” and “State Law”. In sensitive times such as when preparing a new constitution, or enactment of a new family law, this question becomes a critical issue. In this presentation we are going to have a review of the concept of “Shariah”, its basics and sources, as well as “Ijtihad”,the method of understanding Shariah.  We will focus on “Justice-Based Ijtihad”, as a bridge between “Shariah” and “Human Rights” and will examine the results of this theoretical debate on the 2012 constitution of Egypt.

Seyed Masoud Noori, PhD, is a former faculty member of the Department of Law at Mofid University in Qom, Iran, where he was also deputy director and director of research and education for the Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS) and a member of the CHRS Academic Council and the Council Law Clinic. Currently a visiting scholar at the Center for International and Comparative Law at Emory University, he studied and taught at Islamic Seminaries (Houzeh Elmiyeh) in Qom (1985–2010) and was a visiting scholar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Noori has a keen interest in comparative studies on Islam (especially the Shi’a school) and international human rights law as well as legal clinical education. In April 2007 he and his CHRS colleagues founded the first academic legal clinic in Iran.  His teaching interests also include civil law, principles of Islamic law, Islamic jurisprudence, child rights, international NGOs, and human rights advocacy.

His publications include “Sale of Children, Children Prostitution and Children Pornography” (2006), “University Legal Clinics: Their Nature, Justification & Prospects and Religious Leaders” (2007), and “Confronting Violence against Children: An Islamic Approach” (2008).