Yale Law School has announced a new center devoted to the study of Islamic law. Saudi businessman, Abdallah S. Kamel, has pledged $10 million for the formation of the school. In most Muslim countries, Islamic law (or Shariah) carries much power in the legal code.
“The contemporary challenges of Islamic law are broadly relevant to political events throughout the entire Islamic world,” says center co-director, Professor Anthony Kronman. “And those are developments that are watched by a much larger audience of people who in many cases have not much knowledge at all of the history and traditions if Islamic law.”