International Law, Secularism, and the Islamic World

23 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011

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Adrien K. Wing

University of Iowa - College of Law

Date Written: 2009


This article discusses International law, secularism, and the Islamic world from the perspective of Global Critical Race Feminism (GCRF). After providing a brief overview of GCRF, Part I introduces fundamentalism as a current trend in the Muslim world. Part II discusses illustrations of Muslims in several societies where this religious-secular tension exists focusing on France, Turkey, Tunisia, and Palestine. Tunisia and Turkey are discussed in particular interest because they are the two predominantly Muslim countries that have chosen, for many years, to be secular in most aspects of their legal systems. The Article concludes with some practical suggestions as to how Americans can address the complexities which will be raised as the futures of the United States and the Muslim world become more intertwined.

Keywords: Women's Rights, Human Rights, Islam, Comparative Law, Muslim Women's Rights, Loving Virginia, Gender Equality, Interfaith Marraiges, Antimiscegenation, Marraige Rights, Right to Marraige

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Wing, Adrien Katherine, International Law, Secularism, and the Islamic World (2009). American U. Int'l L. Rev., Vol. 24, p. 407, 2009, U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-06, Available at SSRN:

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