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Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl
(Islamic Technical Advisor )

An accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is a world-renowned expert in Islamic law and an American lawyer, offering a unique and seasoned perspective on the current state of Islam and the West. He is currently a visiting professor of law at Yale Law School, teaching national security, immigration and Islamic law, and a full professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches Islamic law, immigration, human rights and international and national security law. Abou El Fadl previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School and Princeton University. He holds degrees from Yale University (B.A.), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) and Princeton University (M.A./Ph.D.). A high-ranking shaykh, Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait. A strong proponent of human rights, he serves on the board of directors of Human Rights Watch and regularly provides expert testimony in a wide variety of cases ranging from human rights and political asylum to terrorism, national security and international and commercial law. Abou El Fadl is a prolific author and prominent public intellectual on Islamic law and Islam, most noted for his scholarly approach to Islam from a moral point of view. He writes extensively on universal themes of morality and humanity, and the notion of beauty as a moral value. Abou El Fadl is a staunch advocate and defender of women's rights, and focuses much of his written attention on issues related to women. As the most critical and powerful voice against puritan and Wahhabi Islam today, he regularly appears on national and international television and radio, including CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR and Voice of America (broadcast throughout the Middle East). His most recent work focuses on issues of authority, terrorism, tolerance, Islam and Islamic law. He is the author of seven books and more than 50 articles on Islamic law and Islam. His recent books include Islam and the Challenge of Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2004), The Place of Tolerance in Islam (Beacon Press, 2002), Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam (University Press of America/Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses (UPA/Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), Speaking in God's Name: Islamic law, Authority and Women (Oneworld Press, Oxford, 2001) and Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
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