Mirror of Justice

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Traveling the world studying Islamic law

Emilia Justyna Powell wants to change how people see Islamic law and culture — because too often, she’s found, people in the West have an inaccurate view of it as strict or outdated.

Powell, an associate professor of political science and concurrent associate professor of law, has spent five years traveling to Muslim-majority countries and interviewing Muslim scholars for her new book exploring the similarities and differences between the Islamic legal tradition and classical international law.

“Individuals outside the Islamic milieu often assume that our way of life is better, but the sad part is that many of us don’t understand Islam at all,” she said. “And my book addresses that.”

Read more about professor Powell and her work here.


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