27 March 2018

What can we learn about sharia law through the lens of the political struggles triggered by its application? That is the question 2009 Foundation scholar Jean-Michel Landry examined in his presentation to the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal on 22 March 2018 (French only). By retracing the evolution of two protest movements – one Sunni, one Shia – aiming to modify religion-based norms in Lebanese family law, Landry showed how religion is increasingly shaped by the state in secular contexts.

Jean-Michel Landry is a 2009 Foundation scholar, a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University, a doctoral fellow at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, and an affiliated researcher at the Orient Institute of Beirut.

Jean-Michel Landry

Jean-Michel explores the social history of the ideal of secularism in Lebanon, the exclusionary effects it sets out to combat, and those it sometimes generates.

2009 Scholars