Law professor to lead national conference call for Council on Foreign Relations

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Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala, the associate dean for international and comparative law at the University of Kansas School of Law, will lead a national conference call today for the Council on Foreign Relations on his new book, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a).”

“Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a),” published this summer by LexisNexis, covers the entire history and religion of Islam, synthesizing it with the development and practice of Islamic law. It explains the sources of Islamic law and its pertinent specialty fields: banking and finance, contracts, criminal law, family law and property.

The book also deals directly with controversial topics such as religious freedom, women’s rights, reproduction and terrorism – attempting to distinguish Islam’s true teachings from extremist views and practices.

The Council on Foreign Relations is America’s most prestigious foreign policy body. Founded in 1921, its more than 4,500 members include Henry Kissinger, Fareed Zakaria, Chuck Hagel, Brian Williams, Angelina Jolie and many senior military commanders. The Council is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and publisher based in New York and Washington, D.C., whose basic purpose is to promote understanding of foreign policy and the role of America in the world.

The conference call is open to the entire Council membership as well as religious leaders and scholars.

For more information, contact Mindie Paget, communications director for KU's School of Law, at 864-9205 or