Noah Feldman

Scholar of Islam and law
Noah Feldman studies the intersection of religion, politics and law — with a focus on how Islam meshes with modern democracy.

Why you should listen

As Islam becomes a more powerful cultural force throughout the world, Noah Feldman studies the ways that Islamic law intersects with Western-style democracy. A law professor at Harvard and a contributing editor at the New York Times Magazine, Feldman recently wrote a much-discussed think piece about how Shariah law might be made to work within the British court system. His nuanced argument lays out the rigorous roots of Shariah justice (yes, it is more than the Western caricature of stoning women and cutting off thieving hands), and his conclusions have drawn admiration and criticism. But he's never less than fearlessly honest -- as in another piece for the Times Magazine, where he exposes a troubling strain of anti-Muslim sentiment, both outspoken and implied, in modern Europe.

Feldman is an adjunct fellow at the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State.

Noah Feldman’s TED talk

Noah Feldman on the TED Blog

Politics and religion are technologies: Noah Feldman on TED.com

October 1, 2008

Lawyer and Islam scholar Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion — whatever their differences — are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people. Listen for his discussion of these ideas “about which people disagree in the deepest possible sense” — and a prophetic look at […]

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Quotes from Noah Feldman

Many Muslims in Saudi Arabia believe that the core values of Islam, namely acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and basic human equality before God, are themselves compatible with liberty, equality and free political choice.
Noah Feldman
TED2003 • 319K views Oct 2008
Informative, Persuasive