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Hameed O. Agberemi is the Acting Coordinator and Director of Research for Al-Fataah, an Ibadan-based NGO that works for Women's Rights and Reproductive Health within the context of Islam. He is also a leading member of the Society for the Social Study of Islam in Nigeria, a research and advocacy network working to evolve locally-legitimate rights and peace constituencies. His research will explore the implications for peace-building and the rights of women and non-Muslims, of the demand for the enactment of Shari'ah in South-western Nigeria. Hameed is a Masters degree candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, where he earlier took a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. He obtained his first degree in Food Science and Technology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Email: hagberemi@law.emory.edu | View Research Project


Hameed Olasupo Agberemi
Ali Ahmad is a lecturer at Bayero University in Nigeria. He is investigating the recent application of shari’a in Nigeria and its relative effects on human rights and democracy. Ahmad holds an S.J.D from George Washington University Law School, an LL.M. from Harvard University and an LL.B from Bayero University.

Email: aahmad@law.emory.edu | View research project




Ali Ahmad
Salbiah Ahmad is a lawyer from Malaysia. She studied law in the University of Singapore. She has worked on women, religion and law issues at the regional and national levels for more than 15 years. She writes for a column, MALAYA! in www.malaysiakini.com around democracy, human rights, law, and Islam issues. She is currently working on a project on Islam in Malaysia, constitutional and human rights perspectives.

Email: sahmad@law.emory.edu | View Research Project



Salbiah Ahmad
Jamila Bargach is an assistant professor of social sciences at the National School of Architecture in Morocco. Her project will focus on working with Muslim local associations in one of Morocco’s oldest slums to seek recognition for the slum’s inhabitants under The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Rice University.

Email: jamila_bargach@usa.net | View research project



Jamila Bargach
Codou Bop is the coordinator of GREFELS, a women's rights organization in Senegal that organizes advocacy campaigns to address human rights abuses of women. She is also affiliated with many other African women's groups. Her project examines the impact of Islamic law on reproductive rights for women in Senegal. She was a member of the commission that drafted Senegal's first program on reproductive health. She has campaigned successfully for laws punishing violence against women, including female genital mutilation, domestic abuse, pedophilia, sexual harassment, rape and incest. She has studied at the University of Dakar, the University of Sorbonne, and Rutgers University and she holds a master's degree in History from the University of Paris VII.

Email: codoubop@sentoo.sn | View research project


Codou Bop
Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin is a lecturer in sociology and the Director of the Center for Women Studies at the State Institute of Islamic Studies in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her research focuses on the prevalence and political influence of Islamic fundamentalism and its detrimental effects on women in Indonesia.

Email: rdzuha@law.emory.edu and psw-suka@yogya.wasantara.net.id

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Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin
Jamail A. Kamlian is a professor of history and the Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Extension at Mindanao State University-ILigan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), ILigan City, Philippines. His project seeks to determine the implications of traditional Islamic practices and the institutionalization of the shari'a law on women's rights and gender justice amongst Muslim Filiponos in southern Philippines. Jamail holds a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies and a Master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines.

Email: jkamlian@law.emory.edu | View research project


Jamail A. Kamlian
Lily Zakiyah Munir is the Director of the Center for Pesantren and Democracy Studies, Jombang, Indonesia. Her research will examine the factors that may have triggered the demand for the enactment of Syariat Islam and how this has impacted gender equality and equity.

Email: lmunir@law.emory.edu | View research project





Lily Zakiyah Munir
Huda Seif holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. She is working to develop an Islamic legal platform to address the constitutional rights of minority ethnic groups in Yemen, where for centuries people of mixed African parentage have been prevented from holding high-level jobs, or government positions, and owning land. Seif previously has worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen. As a UN Human Rights and Gender Officer, she helped women obtain access to basic government services such as health care and education.

Email: hs126@columbia.edu | View research project


Huda Seif
Recep Senturk is a research fellow at the Islamic Research Center in Istanbul. He is looking at the way two different strands of classical Islamic legal thought approach the question of universal human rights. One school, led by Abu Hanifa (699-767) presumes that all human beings have certain basic rights ('ismah) that cannot be taken away by any authority. The other, led al-Shafi (767-820), takes the view that non-Muslims are not qualified for the 'ismah unless they make a treaty with the Muslim state and pay taxes to it in return for protection. Senturk intends to show that classical Islam contains a solid philosophical grounding for the modern concept of universal human rights. He holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University.

Email: ras13@turk.net | View research project


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