Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory School of Law

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Photo of Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'imAbdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associated professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and faculty affiliate at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Professor An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation:

- Women and Land in Africa,
- Islamic Family Law, and
- Fellowship Program in Islam and Human Rights.

The websites for these projects can be accessed through Professor An-Na'im's personal homepage at http://www.law.emory.edu/aannaim.

Professor An-Na'im's current research projects include a study of American Muslims and the secular state, and of human rights, universality and sovereignty. He continues to further develop his theory of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard University Press, 2008), also published in Arabic and Indonesian. Translations of this manuscript in Bengali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish and Russian, are available for download free of charge at http://sharia.law.emory.edu/


LLB (Honours), University of Khartoum (Sudan), 1970; LLB (Honours) and Diploma in Criminology, University of Cambridge (England), 1973; PhD (Law), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1976.