Visiting professor teaches Law and Islam

Author: Susan Good

Mohannad Fadel story

Professor Mohammad H. Fadel, a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, will teach a class this spring at ND Law School titled Law and Islam.

This short course will provide students a basic introduction to the history of Islamic law, beginning with its religious origins, its institutionalization as a cosmopolitan legal order throughout the old world (including parts of Europe) in the middle ages, its evolution at the hands of early modern empires, and its transformation into an element of modern positive law in numerous jurisdictions (both having a Muslim majority and minority). The class will also offer an introduction to basic issues regarding the relationship of Islamic theology and ethics to the Islamic substantive law, and an overview of Islamic substantive doctrines in commercial law, family law, and the law of war.

Professor Fadel received his B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs (1988) and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (1995). He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia (1999). While at the University of Virginia School of Law, Fadel was a John M. Olin Law and Economics Scholar and Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Prior to law school, Fadel completed his Ph.D. in Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law.

Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.