Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Rabia Terri Harris Biography

Title:
Coordinator of the Muslim Peace Fellowship
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“It is a far more serious error of Islamic ethics to demand a human death in circumstances when there are doubts about guilt or innocence, where the bereaved are not consulted about their wishes, and when the penalty is selectively applied based on the pernicious fantasy that some lives have more value than others.

Islamic law, and Islamic taqwa, demand that we dissent from such a travesty of justice.”

“Islam and the Death Penalty,” www.amnestyusa.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder-Coordinator, Muslim Peace Fellowship, 1994-present
  • Former Editor, Fellowship of Reconciliation website
  • Senior Member, Jerrahi Order of America
Education:
  • Graduate Certificate, Islamic Chaplaincy, Hartford Seminary
  • MA, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
  • BA, Religion Studies, Princeton University
Other:
  • Muslim since 1978
Quoted in:
  1. Does Islam Support the Death Penalty?