The most recent episode of Legally Speaking welcomes human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri to discuss his 2012 book, Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.
Kadri began research for Heaven on Earth in 2008 in an effort to trace the evolution of Shari’a Law. He says the first half of his book is a history of the origins of Shari’a Law, while the second half takes you on Kadri’s journey through Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, and other countries in search of the modern interpretations of Shari’a Law, which he discovered has changed radically in the last forty years.
The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The debate over this amendment has grown increasingly hot with recent mass shootings, as advocates and opponents of stricter gun control argue the collective safety of the population versus self protection and individual rights. How do we define the right of the people and the need to be well regulated? The very words of the amendment have been used to argue either side of gun regulation.
UCLA Law professor, Adam Winkler, stands in the middle of this argument, with his book “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” which has won praise from both sides of the debate.
For prosecutors, as well as priests, how we have sex has long been a matter of serious concern. So serious, in fact, that whenever community standards are challenged, the response is often repression, and, sometimes, severe punishment.
In the latest installment of the Legally Speaking series from UC Hastings College of Law and California Lawyer, Eric Berkowitz, a San Francisco attorney who has studied this phenomenon and written about it in his book Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, speaks with California Lawyer’s Martin Lasden.