Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights who has taught and lectured on Islamic law throughout the United States and Europe in academic and non-academic settings. He is noted for his scholarly approach to Islam from a moral point of view, writing extensively on universal themes of humanity, morality, human rights, justice and mercy. He is also well known for his writings on beauty as a core value of Islam.
As the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law, he teaches international human rights, Islamic jurisprudence, national security law, law and terrorism, Islam and human rights, political asylum and political crimes and legal systems . He is also Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.
Dr. Abou El Fadl is the author of 14 books and over 50 articles on various topics in Islam and Islamic law. As an expert in human rights, terrorism, political asylum and international and commercial law, he regular works with various human rights organizations such as Middle East Watch, Amnesty International and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights.
Dr. Abou El Fadl holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic law from Princeton University.