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Feb. 21, 2012
Contact: Mike Krings, KU News Service, 785-864-8860

Media advisory: Islamic law expert can discuss Afghan Quran burning protests

Raj Bhala


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LAWRENCE — Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to discuss Tuesday’s protests at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Protesters set fires, hurled rocks and broke windows after hearing that American officials at the base improperly disposed of religious materials, including the burning of Qurans.

Bhala can discuss: U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Islamic law, terrorism, al-Qaida, Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban, international trade law and policy, Arab revolutions and democracy.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or mkrings@ku.edu

Biography: Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala has a global reputation in the scholarship of international trade law, having lectured around the world and published an acclaimed treatise, “Modern GATT Law,” a leading textbook, “International Trade Law,” and more than two dozen articles. His latest book, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a),” was just published by LexisNexis. Bhala practiced international banking law at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before entering academia and currently serves as a foreign legal consultant to Heenan Blaikie LLP, Canada. He has worked in 25 countries, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Turkey.


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