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There is currently great interest and controversy over 'Shariah' in the post-revolution Arab World, as well as in the United States. This presentation attempted to answer the question, What is Shariah? And how is it perceived by various parties involved in the debates, including Islamist groups, Islamophobes, and traditional Islamic institutes? It will be argued that Shariah defined as Islamic ethics, which influence public affairs on the principles level, is the view finding its way to both the American Muslim community and new Arab constitutions.

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