The July 7th, 2012 State of Belief program featured highlights from an important symposium titled “Reason vs. Rhetoric: Understanding American Muslims.” The day-long event brought together experts, scholars and leaders to discuss various aspects of Muslim life in America today at the Newseum in Washington, DC. We promised to bring you the event video when it became available – and now it has.

This is the panel moderated by State of Belief host Welton Gaddy on Sharia and Religious Law – a legal and cultural discussion of what sharia is and is not. How has the debate about sharia been dealt with in the political arena and by the media? How does sharia compare to other religious systems of law practiced in the United States?

Panellists: Julie Macfarlane, Professor of Law, University of Windsor; Sadakat Kadri, Author and Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers; Marc Stern, Associate General Counsel, American Jewish Committee.

The event, on June 28th, 2012, was co-sponsored by the British Council, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, and the Interfaith Alliance. Video of the full symposium is available at the British Council’s website.

You can listen to the entire July 7, 2012 State of Belief Radio program here.

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