Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Asifa Quraishi-Landes


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Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a fellow at ISPU and a Professor of Law at University of Wisconsin Law School. She specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S.constitutional law. She was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on Islamic constitutionalism for the 21st century. Asifa Quraishi’s recent publications include articles on comparative legal theory, Islamic criminal law, and Muslim family law in United States courts. Asifa Quraishi has served as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, on the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Force on Religion & Public Life. She is currently on the governing board of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), Muslim Advocates, the Journal of Law and religion, and the Association of American Law Schools Women’s League, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA). She holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley, and has served as law clerk in the United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


SJD, Harvard Law School; LLM, Columbia Law School; JD, University of California-Davis

Areas of Expertise

  1. Sharia
  2. Islamic family law
  3. Islamic law in U.S. courts
  4. Islamic constitutionalism
  5. U.S. constitutional law


  • On Saturday (June 10), Marches Against Sharia are planned in more than two dozen U.S. cities. News like this might generate two conflicting instincts. On the one hand, the claim that Shariah is taking over American law seems far-fetched — almost paranoid — and maybe...

  • Against the backdrop of mass protests and violence, and the release of Hosni Mubarak from jail, Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour received draft constitutional amendments on August 21, 2013. In early July 2013, he had ordered the Legal Experts Committee to discuss controversial articles in...

  • If you are interested in women’s rights and Islamic law, you have plenty to read. Mostly, you will find descriptions of how Islamic law treats women unequally, often with significant criticism of Islamic law as a whole based on this premise. Sometimes you will find...

  • Is sharia a threat to this country that must be stopped, or a matter of religious freedom that should be protected? An aggressive anti-sharia campaign in the United States has recently placed this question squarely (and repeatedly) before the American public. Unfortunately, most Americans have...

  • The place of religion in the political order is arguably the most contentious issue in post-Mubarak Egypt. With Islamist-oriented parties controlling over 70 percent of seats in the new People’s Assembly and the constitution-writing process about to begin, liberals and leftists are apprehensive about the...

  • WHAT IS SHARIA? Sharia literally means “way” or “street.” As an Islamic concept, it means “God’s Way” or “God’s Law” – the divine way that God exhorts everyone to live. The details of that behavior are in scriptural sources (the Quran and documented Prophetic Tradition)....

  • It is often said that marriage in Islamic law is a civil contract, not a sacrament. If this is so, this means that the marriage contract is largely governed by the same rules as other contracts, such as sale or hire. But at the same...

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