The Unfulfilled Promise of Halal

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM


Free Event

Professor Kristen Stilt will demonstrate that despite the many injunctions found within Islamic law to treat animals, including farmed animals, with mercy, the concept of halal, and the related halal certification process, generally avoid any attention to animal welfare. She will consider whether there is the potential within the existing halal system to expand to include concern for the welfare of the animals slaughtered. Stilt will discuss  some new approaches that have been advanced by Muslims concerned about farmed animal welfare, and also propose some potential new lines of argumentation internal to the Islamic tradition that can be harnessed in the cause of animal welfare. Stilt will analyze this Islamic studies topic through examples from Egypt and Jordan in particular, and will connect varied issues including food law and how consumer choice and demand can influence how farmed animals are treated.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the UCSB Religious Studies Department Colloquium Series


For further information contact Capps Center Director Kathleen Moore at or (805) 893-2562

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