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Haider Ala Hamoudi

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Photo - Haider Ala Hamoudi Haider Ala Hamoudi is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Professor Hamoudi teaches a seminar each year on Islamic Law, and his scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. His approach to Islamic Law has been to focus on the manner in which modern legal actors, with their own preexisting political, social, economic and ideological dispositions, interpret and apply Islamic law as part of the positive law of contemporary states. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on this subject in a wide variety of law school journals, university presses, and other scholarly venues, as a result of which he has become internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the field. Professor Hamoudi is also the author of a blog on Islamic Law entitled Islamic Law in Our Times.


Mark Cammack

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Photo - Mark Cammack Mark Cammack is Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Professor Cammack has been researching and writing about the Indonesian legal system and Islamic law in Southeast Asia for more than three decades. His scholarship on Islamic law focuses primarily on the dynamics of legal and institutional change and the influence of social, cultural and political forces on the development of Islamic legal institutions in contemporary Indonesia. Professor Cammack has written more than two dozen articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on Islamic law and the Indonesian legal system, and he is co-editor of two edited volumes on Islamic legal institutions in Southeast Asia. His scholarship is used extensively in courses on Islamic law and Islamic courts at Indonesian universities, and he has taught courses and lectured on Islamic legal institutions at a number of universities and Islamic institutes in Indonesia.