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Muslim law professor to discuss Sharia Law at this college

Asifa Quraishi-Landes (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the College of William & Mary)
Asifa Quraishi-Landes (Southside Daily Photo/ Courtesy of the College of William & Mary)

Asifa Quraishi-Landes a law professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present two lectures at William & Mary about Sharia Law for American Muslims and Islamic Family Law in U.S. Courts.

The first lecture is April 4.

Quraishi-Landes is president of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and was recently named William & Mary’s 2019 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar In-Residence.

The Reves Center for International Studies and the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding are sponsoring the two events, which are free and open to the public.

Quraishi-Landes’ primary focus is in comparative Islamic and U.S. constitutional law and modern Islamic constitutional theory, according to a news release. She has received a doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School and the University of California Davis and Berkeley campuses.

She is currently working on a book titled “Islamic Reconstituitionalism.”

Other past accomplishments of Quraishi-Landes include:

  • Law clerk in the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Public Delegate on the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
  • Adviser to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life.
  • President/board member of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.
  • Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
  • Opinion Leaders Network for the British Council’s Our Shared Future Project.

It is unclear how much the university paid Quraishi-Landes for the events — Kate Hoving, public relations for the Reves Center for International Studies was unavailable for comment.

Representatives from the university’s Muslim Law Students Association were unavailable for comment.

What Sharia means for American Muslims & American Rule of Law

Islamic Family Law in U.S. Courts

  • When: April 5 at 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
  • Where: William & Mary Law School, Room 124, 613 S. Henry St.

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