Yesterday evening, Abdullahi Ahmad an-Na’im, the Sudanese scholar at Emory, gave a talk at AUB based on his latest book, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I was excited to see the poster this morning but then disappointed to see that the talk was scheduled for yesterday, not today.
So on the off chance that any of you did go, I’d love to hear about it. In the meantime, his book is discussed briefly, along with a whole slew of others, in this NYRB review. Besides that, the SSRC has a blog that deals with secularism, religion and the public sphere called the Immanent Frame. They’ve got a bunch of posts about the book, most of which I haven’t had the time to read, including some by an-Naim himself.