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Prof. Mohammed Fadel To Speak on Islam and Liberalism Dec. 10


Professor Mohammed H. Fadel will give a Dean’s Lecture on Monday, Dec. 10, at Yale Law School. Fadel is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Law and Economics of Islamic Law at the University of Toronto School of Law. He will lecture on “Liberal Commitments, Islamic Commitments and Public Reason:  Strategies for Principled Political Reconciliation?” The lecture begins at 12:10 p.m. in Room 122 and is open to the public.

“I will argue that although Islam and liberalism as philosophical systems are incompatible, they may nevertheless be reconcilable within the framework of political liberalism described by John Rawls in his work Political Liberalism,” said Fadel.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in January 2006, Fadel practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, working on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history.

Fadel holds a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.