News Release: Faculty Experts, International, Law, Politics, Religion and Ethics

Aug. 16,  2011

9/11 Expert: U.S. Foreign Policy, Muslim Attitudes Toward the U.S.

9/11 Expert Abdullahi An-Na'im Abdullahi An-Na'im

Emory law professor Abdullahi An-Na'im (pronounced Ab-doo-LA-hee An-Nigh-EEM) is an internationally recognized scholar on Islam and human rights and its place in secular and pluralistic societies. The author of the groundbreaking 1990 work, "Toward an Islamic Reformation," An-Na’im’s most recent work deals with the modernization of Shari'a and cultural legitimization of human rights. His project on the future of Shari'a and book on "Islam and the Secular State" has brought him worldwide attention.

An-Na'im says that terrorism is not coming from mainstream Muslim communities: "In Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, there are more Muslims by far victims of this terrorist violence everyday... The problem is a global human problem, not an American problem…The  arbitrary violence and terrorism is an enemy of every people and every cause."


  • Abdullahi An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law
  • Expertise: Islam, Human Rights, Shari’a
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An-Na’im discusses how U.S. foreign policy changed in the wake of 9/11 and how Muslim peoples around the world feel about the U.S.



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