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Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Asifa Quraishi-Landes specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S. constitutional law. 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.

She has served as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2010), 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’ Section on Islamic Law. She is an affiliate of the Muslim Women’s League, past President and Board Member of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and a member of the “Opinion Leaders Network” for the British Council’s “Our Shared Future” project.

Her recent publications include articles on comparative legal theory and Islamic law. Her latest publications are “The Separation of Powers in the Tradition of Muslim Governments,” a chapter in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity, edited by Tilmann Roder, Rainer Grote & Katrin Geenen, ed.s) (Oxford University Press, December 2011), and “What if Sharia Weren’t the Enemy: Re-Thinking International Women’s Rights Activism and Islamic Law” (Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law, Vol. 20, 2011).

Also a Carnegie Fellow, she is currently working on a Carnegie Foundation-funded project titled, “Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Theocratic. Not Secular. Not Impossible.”