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New Course: Halal Food

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Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics (LAW 545K)
Current and expected growth in halal foods has necessitated that scientists, legal practitioners and other professionals and thought leaders active in global food markets be conversant with Islamic dietary laws and ethics. This course will introduce students to the religious foundations of Islamic dietary laws, ethics and customs relating to food generally, and as they particularly relate to consumption and to commercial food production. We will study certain discreet topics as well, such as alcohol and gelatin, and the interaction of national laws with Islamic ethics, and the process of halal certification. The study of many topics will include consideration of kosher laws and practices.

Meet the Instructor: Umar Moghul
Umar Moghul is a transactional lawyer whose practice has involved various aspects of Islamic law and ethics for the better part of 15 years. He has advised on a variety corporate and finance matters, including leveraged buy-outs and growth equity investments and advising on real estate investments and projects. Umar has represented clients in the energy, healthcare, technology, real estate, transport and logistics, and business services sectors across North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia. His clients include sponsors, financial institutions, managers, family offices and other investors. He is a recognized leader in Islamic finance and investment.

Umar is Lecturer in Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law in the United States. His course offerings have included Islamic finance and investment as well as Islamic law and jurisprudence. He is passionate about the intersection of investment, philanthropy and development, impact investing, as well as questions of Islamic ethics and sustainability. Umar is widely published and has spoken at numerous forums on topics including Islamic law, finance, and Muslim markets and communities. Umar serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Seminary, a graduate educational institution whose areas of expertise include Islamic chaplaincy and interfaith leadership.