Noah Fledman

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Noah Feldman is a Professor of Law at New York University and one of the leading experts on Islam & democracy. His book, After Jihad, discusses ways that Western policy might better support the rise of democracy throughout the Middle East. Feldman does this through the lens of law and religion, both in the United States and in the Muslim world.

Feldman came to NYU by way of Harvard, where he was a Junior Fellow from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that he had taken clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, both of which furthered his understanding of the judicial process. To cap off his already impressive resume, Feldman earned his ph.D in Islamic Thought at Oxford, his law degree from Yale, and was named a Rhodes Scholar.

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Noah Feldman's forthcoming work will explore issues of church and state in America. Issues such as the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, faith-based initiatives, and school vouchers have all been hot button topics lately. The Bush Administration has made no secret of its wish to extend faith-based legislation, and that policy directive has met with major resistance throughout much of the populace.

Feldman's book seeks sensible answers to these issues by achieving reasonable compromises. It does so, however, through the strictures of the law and explores the difficult issues of where lines should be drawn in the government's espousal of religion. Ultimately, his recommendations seek to accommodate both secularists and religious individuals at the same time.


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