Saudi Billionaire Buys Yale A New Sharia Law Center | The Daily Caller
Yale Law School, the most elite law school in the country, has received a $10 million donation to establish a Sharia law center.
The Abdullah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization is named for its patron, a billionaire Saudi banker who serves as CEO of the Dallah al Baraka Holding Company, a large privately-held multinational conglomerate founded by his father. Its purpose will be to bring experts on Islam and Islamic law (also known as Sharia) to Yale for lectures, seminars, guest professorships, and fellowships.
It isn’t the first time Kamel, who has an estimated worth of nearly $20 billion, has given money to Yale.
He also sponsored a popular three-year lecture series on Islamic topics which presaged the creation of the new law center.
Yale also isn’t a pioneer in having an Islamic legal program;
Harvard Law School has had its own Islamic Legal Studies Program since the 1990s.
Still, Yale says in establishing the center it hopes to become one of the top centers of Islamic legal scholarship on Earth.
...Islamic programs and endowed professorships on U.S. campuses financed by wealthy Saudis are an increasingly common sight..."
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