University of Pittsburgh

Student Voices: Muslim LL.M. Representatives

Our 2007-2008 LL.M. class has students from five Islamic places: Bahrain, Iraq, Maldives, Palestine, and Tunisia. Together, they presented a panel program for our entire University to learn about Islamic law around the world. Here are some of their remarks about that program:

"Some extreme interpretations of the Koran in some Muslim countries had a negative impact on the image of Islam in the World. I wanted to show that interpretation has no limit especially when used in a political context. The core principles of Islam are tolerance, peace and solidarity." --Amin Lakhal  
"Representing my country in the U.S. is a massive reward for me since I am the first Bahraini student at the University of Pittsburgh School of law.   I am really glad for that because a lot of people in the U.S. didn't know about my country.   Some had the wrong perspective about my country.   Representing Bahrain in the U.S. gave me an opportunity to clear that." -- Noora
"This opportunity gave us a forum to answer some questions that the other students had about our respective countries' legal systems and the relationship between state and religion in our countries. It also provided us with a platform to tell others from a Muslim's point of view that violence & terrorism in the name of religion and faith is not an issue restricted to Islam or any faith in particular, and that we as Muslims condemn such actions to the same extent as Americans, if not more." --Maryam Nihayath

"As a Palestinian, I am so proud to be in the U.S., for this is a great advantage to meet the people of the strongest country in the world and understand their way of thinking and at the same timeand try to explain my people's perspective and  make a change, even a minor one, in how they think about us as  Arabs and Muslims in general and me as a Palestinian in particular." -- Majdi Jafar

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