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Emory Law professors to speak at 2014 Decatur Book Festival
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | August 20, 2014

Emory Law Professors Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and William Buzbee will discuss their recently published books at this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival, held Aug. 29-31.

An-Na’im’s book, What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship, was published earlier this year by Oxford University Press. The book examines what it means to be both fully American and devoutly Muslim, and discusses the legal, political, sociological and demographic context in which American Muslims can affirm their citizenship without diminishing their religious identity.

An internationally respected Islamic scholar from Sudan, An-Na’im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. An-Na’im’s talk is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium.

Buzbee’s book, Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City, traces the history of a 14-year legal battle over a proposed multibillion dollar highway and park project along the Hudson River, which would have included a massive landfill along several miles of Manhattan’s Lower West Side. Ultimately, environmentalists, citizens and their lawyers defeated the project.

This fall, Buzbee will join the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center. He will remain on the advisory board of Emory Law’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Buzbee will speak at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Marriott Conference Center, Ballroom C.

The events are free and open to the public. In addition to their public talks, both authors will be at the Emory Tent (at the intersection of Clairemont and Ponce de Leon Avenues) to meet readers and sign books. Buzbee will be present at 1 p.m. Saturday; An-Na’im is scheduled to appear at noon Sunday.

Related links

What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship

Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City