Horizons Lecture: Prof. Olaf Köndgen
Islamic Law, Human Rights and the Sudanese Experience
Yesterday evening, pupils and staff gathered online to hear the expertise of Professor Olaf Köndgen, an Arabic specialist at the University of Amsterdam, who, after nine years of research, has become a leading scholar of Islamic Law, particularly in the Sudanese context. After introducing himself to us, Professor Köndgen turned his attention to the specifics of Islamic Criminal Law. We considered the history of Sharia Law and the impact of Colonialism on the codification of a previously uncodified body of law, and how this played out in the Sudanese experience; Prof. Köndgen proposed that, with codification, the richness of this body of law was lost, as it became a politicised entity. Through an academic lens, we examined the struggles in the societal manifestation of controversial Islamic Criminal Law. Questions from pupils ranged from the concern about the place of women in Islam to the metaphysical presumptions required for Divine Revelation as the original source of law. In this Horizons Lecture, we witnessed further global excellence that piqued interest in law, human rights, anthropology, the meeting of civilisations and other related academic fields.
The Horizons Lecture Series exists to build experiences for our pupils to access ‘the global good’ in educational practice, especially at Higher Education level. Mr Stephen Bailey, Horizons and John Locke Coordinator, is keen for the Lecture Series to open up opportunities for our pupils to see global best practice in other areas of public life.