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Bill of Rights in Action
Winter 1998 (15:1)

Islamic Issues

One of the world’s major religions, Islam is the faith of more than 600 million people. This Bill of Rights in Actionexamines some issues surrounding Islam. The first article traces the development of the Sharia, Islam’s traditional law. The second article explores the troubled relationship between Islamic Iran and the United States—its history and its future. The third article examines the Salman Rushdie controversy and the concept of blasphemy in the modern world.

World History:  The Origins of Islamic Law

U.S. Government: The U.S. and Iran: Time for a New Beginning?

Contemporary Issues: Blasphemy! Salman Rushdie and Freedom of Expression 

This issue of the Bill of Rights in Action is made possible by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Officers: Haley J. Fromholz, President; Susan J. Troy, Immediate Past President; Publications Committee: Jerome C. Byrne, Chairperson; Gerald Chaleff, Lee S. Edmon, Patrick J. McDonough, Michael W. Monk, Margaret Morrow, Peggy Saferstein, Deborah S. Saxe, Marvin Sears, Lois Thompson, Carlton Varner; Staff: Todd Clark, Executive Director; Marshall L. Croddy, Director of Program and Materials Development; Carlton Martz, Writer; Bill Hayes, Editor; Cristy Lytal, Web Editor; Andrew Costly, Production Manager; Lee S. Edmon, CRF Board Reviewer; Khalid Abu Fadl, Academic Reviewer.

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