"We don't only want to be Muslim and eradicate anything before or after," stated the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Arabic Language and Culture Program Director Amel Mili . . . [at] a small breakout panel at the Policy Studies Organization's Middle East Dialogue 2017. Her lecture examining a 1982 Tunisian court decision denying a woman her inheritance on the basis of sharia law shed light on the difficulty of reinterpreting Islamic scriptures for the modern world.
During audience questioning, Mili focused on Tunisia's uniquely cosmopolitan culture within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. "In Tunisia, so far, we have this global approach of history. I am happy, even if it was through colonization, that I had the chance, for example, to master the French language and the French culture." In post-panel communications, she added that in Tunisian history, "French language bears the ideas of equality, democracy, human rights, etc."
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