ALL LECTURES AND public talks

PUBLIC LECTURE: "On the Importance of the Prophet Muhammad," on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet (Mawlid an-Nabi), hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 18, 2018.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age," Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, October 1, 2018.


PUBLIC TALK: "On Reasoning with God," Harvard Law School Lunch Talk, hosted by ShariaSource and the Islamic Law Program, Harvard Law School, October 1, 2018.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "On the Supreme Court's Muslim Ban: Understanding Our New Trumpian Reality," hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, July 8, 2018.


PUBLIC TALK: "On the Meaning of Laylat al-Qadr," on the occasion of Laylat al-Qadr during the month of Ramadan, hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Pasadena Convention Center, June 10, 2018. 


PUBLIC LECTURE: "On Moderation and Extremism in Islam: The Great Theft," hosted by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2018.


UCLAW TALK DISCUSSANT: "American Islamophobia" by Khaled Beydoun, a presentation by Khaled Beydoun on his new book, moderated by Khaled Abou El Fadl, UCLA School of Law, March 19, 2018.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "The American Madhhab," Khaled Abou El Fadl and Sherman Jackson in conversation about Shari'ah in America and the idea of "An American Madhhab". A Conference on American Islam at UCLA, March 3, 2018. Permission to publish the lecture was granted by the speakers.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "The Sunni-Shi'i Divide: History and Theology." Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 2018.


PUBLIC TALK: "On the Soul in Islamic Theology," with Imam Mustafa Qazwini, Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2018.


KEYNOTE LECTURE via SKYPE: "Islamic Ethics, Human Rights and Migration." Conference on "Migration and Islamic Ethics: Issues of Residence, Naturalization and Citizenship" sponsored by the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Doha, Qatar. Delivered January 28, 2018.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "On Jesus, Prophet of Islam - What They Don't Talk About." Delivered at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA on December 31, 2017.


KEYNOTE: "Shari'ah Law: Reasoning with God and the Challenge of the Unreasonable," University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN, April 2017.


PUBLIC LECTURE: "The New Laws and Persecution of American Muslim Organizations including CAIR and MPAC," Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2017.  


PUBLIC LECTURE: "The Future of Muslims in a Trumpian World," Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, December 18, 2016. 


KEYNOTE: "The Promises and Perils of Shari'ah in the Modern Age," Public Lecture, hosted by the Department of Political Science and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Alberta, Canada, November 25, 2016. Dr. Abou El Fadl discusses the "Shari'ah of Love," Muslims and the state of the world after the election of Donald Trump. Watch on Vimeo here. Download the audio lecture from here.


KEYNOTE:  “The Contested Vestiges of the Islamic:  Postscript Reflections on Reasoning with God," 9th Annual Muslim Studies Conference on "Defining the Islamic," Michigan State University, April 14, 2016.  Dr. Abou El Fadl discusses his views on what is and is not "Islamic," most notably that Islam was sent as a message for all of humanity, which demands that Islamic conceptions of mercy, compassion, justice, ethics and morality must be accessible, reasonable and compelling to all of humanity. Of note, this is the fundamental reason why ISIS, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups are not Islamic--their actions and conceptions do not reflect mercy, justice, compassion or any other Islamic virtues in a way that speaks to the hearts of all of humanity. Watch on YouTube here. Download the audio lecture from here.


KEYNOTE: "Reclaiming Shariah in the Modern Age." Professor Abou El Fadl discusses the arguments in his latest book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age. He begins with basic concepts and builds to more advanced arguments.  Presented as part of the conference entitled, "Journey through the Shariah," hosted by the Islamic Institute for Development and Research (IIDR) in co-operation with Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar, and the Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML) in the UK. February 28, 2016.


Featured Speaker: “Islamic Studies: Past, Present and Future,” as part of UCLA Islamic Studies panel on “Recovering Lost Legacies: Muslims and their Cultures of Learning,” hosted by UCLA Islamic Studies and Muslim Reform Institute (MRI), UCLA, May 23, 2015. 


KEYNOTE: "Islamic Law in the Age of Human Rights." The Gomez-Prabhu Human Rights and Poverty Lecture, Cal State Los Angeles, February 19, 2015.

FEATURED SPEAKER: "ISIS and the Enslavement and Trafficking of Women." Lecture at UCLA School of Law, April 9, 2015). Since the development of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in 2014, there has been much debate within the media about whether ISIS is “Islamic” or not.  Stories about ISIS policies towards women and slavery and statistics of women leaving their home countries to join ISIS as “jihadi brides” have proliferated in the news media.  Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, who is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law, will be analyzing the salient issues of ISIS’s enslavement of and trafficking in women in the context of the normative discourses of Islam and will demonstrate that ISIS ideology and practice is not only considered anathema in Islam, but directly contravenes the ethical pulse and purposes of Islamic law.


Lecture and Book Signing: "Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age," The Pacifica Institute, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014. Watch on YouTube here.  Download the audio lecture here.


Keynote Lecture (Video):  “Is Everyone Right or Is Everyone Wrong? The Epistemology of the Truth in Modern Islam,” at the 2014 Istanbul Seminars on “The Sources of Pluralism: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Politics,” RESET Dialogues on Civilizations, Istanbul, Turkey, May 16, 2014.


Panel Presentation: “The Democratic Ideal Among Islamist Groups,” at “Religion, Democracy and the Arab Awakening,” University of Southern California, April 25, 2014.


Guest Speaker: “The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists,” Pacifica Institute, Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2014.


Featured Guest Speaker: “A Public Conversation on Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights,” part of the “Islam in Conversation” series hosted by the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, March 25, 2014. 


Keynote Lecture: “Islam and the Perils of the 21st Century,” as Recipient of The American Muslim Achievement Award, given by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Award Banquet, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, March 15, 2014.


Keynote Lecture: “Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World: The Theology of Shahada in the Modern Age,” at Symposium on Islam and Forgiveness: Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution in Muslim Contexts, University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities, Seattle, WA, February 6, 2014.


Featured Guest Speaker: “Islam’s Growing Sectarian Divide,” lecture and discussion with Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini and hosted by Ian Masters, host of KPFK radio program Background Briefing, Hammer Forum, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2013.


Keynote Lecture:  "Does God Want Us to Love Each Other? Text, Human Agency, and Normative Aesthetics," at “Beyond Dialogue: Sacred Texts Call for Unity,” An Academic Conference sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council and Marymount California University, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, November 15, 2013.


Keynote Lecture: “Charting the Moderate vs. Puritan Divide,” ICSC 4th Annual Conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought on “Islam Between, Extremism and Moderation,” Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2013.


Keynote Lecture: “What the U.S. Tradition of Human Rights Means to Muslims,” Just Peacemaking Fall Conference on “Human Rights Thwart Terrorism,” Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, October 10, 2013.


Keynote Lecture: Conference on “Reconstituting Female Authority: Women’s Participation in the Transmission and Production of Islamic Knowledge,” UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, March 9, 2013.


Lecture and Q&A:  “The Concept of an Islamic State.” Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, February 17, 2013.


Interview: “The Military, the Courts, and the Struggle for Control in Egypt: A Conversation With Khaled Abou El Fadl,” Interview with Feisal Mohammed published in the Huffington Post, July 5, 2012.


Panel Presentation: “Responding to Islamophobia.” Sponsored by Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law, April 16, 2012.


Honorific Event:  “Event Honoring Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl.” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, March 21, 2012.


Keynote Lecture: Conference, “The Changing Political Face of the Middle East and the Role for Islamic Law,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, March 17, 2012.


Keynote Lecture: Conference, “Locating the Sharīʿa: Creating New Sources for Knowledge and Inquiry,” UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, February 18, 2012.


Roundtable Participant: “Political Transition, Rule of Law, and Human Rights: What have we learned from the Arab Spring?”  Symposium sponsored by the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs: “Law, Human Rights and Revolution: Transitions in the Wake of the Arab Spring,” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, February 16, 2012.


Featured Lecture and Conversation: with renowned Syrian theologian and philosopher, Jawdat Said. “The Challenging Confronting Modern Muslims: Reflections on Theology and Ethics.”  Annual Benefit Dinner, Masjid al-Hedayah, Santa Ana, CA, February 4, 2012.


Keynote Lecture:  “Is Liberty God's Law? Shari'a, the Military and the Arab Revolutions.”  Symposium sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, “Democracy in the Middle East,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, November 11, 2011.


Featured Guest Speaker: Book launch and discussion sponsored by UCLA Islamic Studies IDP and Muslims for Progressive Values, Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2011.


Endowed Lecture: Kenner Lecture, Lehigh University, "Is Shariah the Solution? The Promises and Problematics of Divine Law Today," Bethlehem, PA, September 13, 2011.


Egyptian TV Guest:  Discussed Islamophobia with the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, on his TV show, "Kalimat al-Haqq", Cairo, Egypt, July 27, 2011.


Lecture: Delivered at conference, “Challenges for Islamic Theology in Europe” to help define the establishment of Islamic Theology within German universities in the context of developing Islamic Theology in Europe.  Hosted by the Center of Religious Studies at the University of Munster, and the Center for Comparative Theology and Cultural Sciences at the University of Paderborn, Munster, German, June 10-12, 2011.


Keynote Lecture: “Speaking in God’s Name: Gender and Islam.” Conference named in honor of Dr. Abou El Fadl’s book, “Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women.”  Hosted by Inspire, “an award winning consultancy helping Muslim women to reach their full potential in life.” London, June 4-5, 2011. Link to audio download here.  Watch the video of the lecture here.


Lecture and Q&A for the book launch of “The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists,” translated into Azerbaijani by the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Lecture delivered by videoconference between U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and UCLA School of Law, May 26, 2011.


Lecture:  “The Islamic State.” Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 17, 2011. Link to audio download here.


Public Lecture and Extended Q&A, Part III:  “Shariah Watch: A View from the Inside.” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, April 14, 2011.


Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs: At the Islam and the West Symposium, sponsored by The Wheatley Institute, Brigham Young University, April 6, 2011.


Endowed Lecture:  “Conceptualizing Shariah in the Modern State,” Donald Giannella Annual Memorial Lecture on Law and Religion, Villanova Law School, Villanova, PA, March 23, 2011.


Moderator.  Panel:  “Looking Up From Occupation:  Israel and the Global Pacification Industry. Examining the development and exportation of models of occupation.  A Discussion with Jeff Halper, Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, sponsored by UCLA Law School’s Students for Justice in Palestine and the National Lawyers Guild, February 7, 2011.


Expert Panelist. Guest on Channel KCET (Southern California Public Television) television program, “SoCal Connected,” discussing the crisis in Egypt, Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2011.


Public Lecture and Extended Q&A, Part II:  “Shariah Watch: A View from the Inside.” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2011.


Public Lecture and Extended Q&A:  “Shariah Watch: A View from the Inside.” UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, November 3, 2010.


Panels:  “Exclusion versus Cooperation: Present and Future; Dialogue between Dr. Maher Hathout and Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl” and “Human Rights beyond Confrontation and the Role of Religion” as part of the Second Annual Conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought: Islam and Non-Muslims: Relations beyond Confrontation, Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2010.


Lecture:  “The Core of Islam.” Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 26, 2010.


Lecture:  “Rationality and Reasonableness in Islamic Law and Theology.” Al-Ashari Conference: World Association of Al Azhar Graduates (WAAG), Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. May 8, 2010.


Distinguished Lecture:  “Law and Religion in Islam.”  The 2nd Annual Donald Clark Lecture on Law and Religion.  Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ, April 12, 2010.


Lecture:  “The Future of Islam.” Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 2010.


Panel:  “Reinventing the Enemy Within: Anti-Arab and Islamophobic Legal Discourse and Practice Beyond September 11.” Critical Race Studies Kick-off event for the 2009-2010 Series.  UCLA School of Law, November 4, 2009.


Lecture:  “The Paradoxes of Islamophobia and the Future of the World,” University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 19, 2009.


Commentary:  “I Want to Believe, But…” Commentary on Roberto Unger’s Lecture on “The Future of Religion and the Religion of the Future,” Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 16, 2009.


Opening Lecture:  “Women-Hating, Islam-Hating and the Predicament of Shari’ah.” Part of Series “Muslim Women: Contemporary Realities,” Scripps College, Claremont, CA, January 28, 2009.


Panel:  “Identity Politics and Political Identities: Race to the White House 2008,” sponsored by Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law, October 27, 2008.


Opening Inaugural Address: “Islam and Citizenship,” Tilburg University, Opening Ceremonies of the 2008-2009 Academic Year, Tilburg, The Netherlands. September 1, 2008.


Lecture: “Islamic Law and the Challenge of Islamophobia”, The Burke Lectureship in Religion and Society, UC San Diego, San Diego, CA, May 5, 2008.


Lecture: “Islamic Theology, Shari’a, and Human Rights Doctrine”, Inaugural lecture for the Interfaculty Initiative on Contemporary State and Society in the Islamic World, hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 4, 2008.


Lecture: “Towards Coexistence: Wrestling Islam from Intolerance”, Inaugural Keynote for “Islamic Awareness Series 2008: Our Jihad to Reform: The Struggle to Define our Faith,” hosted by the Islamic Society of Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, January 31, 2008.


Seminar: “"Shari'a and the Accommodation of Muslim Minorities under Secular Jurisdictions,” University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, November 13, 2007.


Lecture: “Islamic Law and Human Rights: Tensions or Mutual Support?” University of Oslo Human Rights Prize Ceremony Lecture, hosted by the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, November 12, 2007.


Lecture: “The Rise of Islamic Extremism and Islamophobia”, Cleveland Town Hall Public Lecture Series, Cleveland, OH, October 8, 2007.


Lecture: “What is Islam?” Seicho-No-Ie Annual Conference, New York, NY, August 4, 2007.


Lecture: “A Tribute to Mustapha Aqad,” The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, June 23, 2007.


Lecture: “American Islam,” part of “Spring Camp 2007: Enriching the Mind, Body, and Soul: An Endless Pursuit.” hosted by Muslim Student Association of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 14, 2007.


Lecture: “Extremism and Islam,” followed by a book signing of The Great Theft. Hosted by the Political Student Assembly, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 11, 2007.


Lecture: “American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion.  A Conversation with Paul Barret and Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl”, hosted by The Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, February 22, 2007.


Lecture: “Extremism and Islam,” Part of the Hammer Forum on social and political issues, hosted by The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, January 30, 2007.


Keynote Lecture:  “Religion and the Contemporary World”, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California and Graduate Theological Union, Oakland, CA, August 16, 2006.


Lecture: “Clash of Civilization or Clash of Religion?” British University in Cairo, Egypt, March 15, 2006.


Lecture: “Searching for God’s Law in the Contemporary Muslim World,” American University in Cairo, Egypt, March 13, 2006.


Lecture: “Islamophobia in the West: Myth & Rise,” American University in Cairo, Egypt, March 7, 2006.


Lecture: “Is Human Rights Responsible for the War on Terror?” 2006 Oxford Amnesty Lectures Series, Oxford, United Kingdom, March 2, 2006.


Lecture:  “The Great Theft”, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY, November 1, 2005.


Lecture:  “The Great Theft”, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, October 30, 2005.


Lecture:  “The Great Theft”, Temple of Universal Judaism and Park Avenue Christian Church, New York, October 29, 2005.


Lecture:  “The Great Theft”, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Ca., October 16,2005.


Lecture: “The Great Theft”, Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, San Jose, Ca., October 14,2005.


Lecture: “The Great Theft”, World Affairs Council, San Francisco, Ca., October 12,2005.


Lecture: “ Muslims Under Siege: Who Speaks for Islam Today?”, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Malaysia, July 28, 2005.


Lecture: “Terrorism—The Islamic Perspective” International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia, July 28, 2005.


Lecture: “Playing God: Who  Speaks for Islam Today?” Hosted by the Sisters in Islam Organization, Malaysia, July 27, 2005.


Lecture: “A Blueprint for Cohesive Bonding Between the Muslim World and the USA”, Akademi Aidit & AG Aspirations, Malaysia, July 27, 2005.


Keynote Lecture: Women and New Social Order, International Conference, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, July 26, 2005.


Lecture: “Renewal of Islamic Thought: From Authoritarianism to Progressiveness,” Islamic University of Jogjakarta , Jogjakarta, Indonesia, July 25, 2005.


Lecture: “The Place of Tolerance in Islam”,  Jakarta, Indonesia, July 22, 2005.


Lecture: “Speaking in God’s Name”, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 21, 2005.


Lecture: “ Free Speech”, Muhammadiyah, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 20, 2005.


Lecture: “Uncovering The Authoritarianism in Religion”, Launch of Journal PERSPEKTIF PROGRESIF, Jagkarta, Indonesia, July 18, 2005.


Lecture: “Muslims Under Siege”, Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque, Singapore, July 17, 2005.


Lecture:  “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: The Search for Beauty in Islam”, Darul Arqam, Singapore, July 16, 2005.


Lecture:  “Playing God: Who Speaks for Islam Today?” Darul Arqam Singapore, July 15, 2005.


Lecture: “The Islamic State: Between Myth and Reality”, Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore, July 13, 2005.


Lecture:  “Re-engaging Islam”, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, July 11, 2005.


Keynote Lecture: “Political Islam”, PISAP/NESA 12th Annual Conference, Political Islam: Critical

and Emerging Ideologies and Actors, Arlington, VA, June 9, 2005.


Lecture: “Democracy and Global Islam” University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Berkeley, CA, April 22, 2005.


Lecture: “Democracy, Authoritarianism and Islamic Fundamentalism: Challenges and Opportunities.”  International Conference on “The Future Of Islam, Democracy, And Authoritarianism In The Muslim World,” sponsored by the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism, Jakarta, Indonesia, December 6, 2004.


Lecture:  “Is there a distinctly Islamic view of human rights and is it compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C., September 7, 2004.


Lecture:  “Islamic Law: Continuity or Change?” Conference on Critical Islamic Reflections, Yale Law School, April 24, 2004.


Lecture:  “Shari’a and Women’s Rights.” Presented to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY, April 15, 2004.


Lecture:  “Tolerating Differences in Islamic Law.”  The 2004 Public Lecture on Law and Diversity.  University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Canada, March 18, 2004.


Testimony:  Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (aka 9/11 Commission) regarding “Security and Liberty” under the topic “Use of Immigration Laws to Combat Terrorism.  Washington, D.C., December 8, 2003.


Lecture:  “The Human Rights Challenge to Islamic Law.”  The Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, December 5, 2003.


Lecture:  “Speaking, Killing and Loving in God’s Name.”  The Levinson Lectures on Religion, Democracy and Justice, University of Virginia, November 7, 2003.


Lecture:  “Islam and Human Rights.” Sponsored by the Clarke Fund for the Middle East and the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 19, 2003.


Testimony:  Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, civil Rights and Property Rights and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, United States Senate, on “Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in Iraq.”  Washington, D.C., June 25, 2003.


Discussion:  “Religion and Our World in Crisis.”  A public discussion with Rabbi Harold Schulweis, hosted by Krista Tippett, sponsored by “Speaking of Faith” Radio Program and Southern California Public Radio, produced by Minnesota Public Radio, Skirball Center, Los Angeles, CA.  June 19, 2003.


Testimony:  Before the Commission on International Religious Freedom on the role of Islamic law in Iraq and Afghanistan, June 12, 2003.


Panel: “Islam and American Democracy.”  Sponsored by the Center of Ethics and Public Policy, Washington, D.C.  May 30, 2003.


Panel:  “Islam and the Challenge of Democracy.”  Sponsored by the Boston Review and OnPoint Radio, WBUR, a Boston NPR station, at MIT, Boston, MA.  May 13, 2003.


Lecture:  “Conflicting Visions and Competing Voices of Islam after 9/11.”  Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 30, 2003.


Lecture:  “Islam and Democracy.”  Sponsored by the John M Olin Center or Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 24, 2003.


Lecture:  “Islam and Women.”  Sponsored by Faculty Women’s Club, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 2003.


Panel:  “Nuclear Weapons, North Korea and US Foreign Policy.”  Sponsored by the International Law Society, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2003.


Lecture:   “The Applicability of Shari’a in a Contemporary World:  the Case for Human Rights.”  Sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, February, 2003


Lecture:  “Islam and the Rules of War.” Public lecture, Stanford Law School, February, 2003.


Conference:  “Democracy and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan.” RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, Santa Monica, CA, January 28, 2003


Paper:  “The Human Rights Commitment in Modern Islam.”  Delivered to the International Development Law Organization.  Conference on “The Role of Law in a Modern Afghanistan,” Rome, Italy, December, 2002.


Lecture: "Hearing Internal Islamic Dialogues". Delivered to Office of Near East and South Asia Analysis (NESA), the CIA research directorate.  Arlington, VA, November, 2002.


Lecture:  “Islamic Political Thought and Democracy:  A Conversation with Khaled Abou El Fadl.” Sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., November, 2002.


Lecture:  “Islam, Judaism and the Middle East,” a discussion with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller. 2002 UCLA Leadership Symposium, sponsored by the UCLA Foundation, Indian Wells, CA, November, 2002.


Debate: “Martyrs or Murderers? Terrorism and Suicide Bombings.” Plenary Discussion with Sheik Youssef Al Qaradawi, moderated by Stephen Cohen, at the 2002 Doha Conference on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.  Sponsored by the Brookings Institute and the Qatar Government.  Doha, Qatar, October 19, 2002.


Debate:  “A Conversation on the Theme: An Islamic Reformation?”  Debate with Bernard Lewis, moderated by Gerald Seib, Wall Street Journal.  Sponsored by Global Policy Exchange, Washington, D.C., October 18, 2002.


Lecture:  “Contemporary Debates in Islam,” part of conference on “Understanding the Islamic World.” Sponsored by the US State Department’s Policy Planning Department, Foreign Service Institute & The National Intelligence Council, Washington, D.C., September, 2002.


Keynote Address: “Islamic Reformation and Women.” Delivered to the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, 10th Anniversary Conference, Toronto, Canada, October, 2002.


Lecture: “The Future: Prospects for a Muslim Reformation,” at symposium on “The Jihadists, Mainstream Islam, and the Lessons and Consequences of September 11,” presented to analysts and policy makers in the US Intelligence community, July 24, 2002.


Forum: “Isaac Encounters Ishmael: A Muslim-Jewish Conversation.”  Discussion with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller.  Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, May, 2002.


Lecture:  “Islamic Law and Reason.”  17th Annual Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award and Conference, “From Islamology to the Critique of ‘Islamic’ Reason.”  Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, May, 2002.


Keynote Address:  Equity, Tolerance and the Challenge of Fundamentalism, Inauguration of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Law, Cardozo University Law School, New York City, NY, April, 2002.


Discussion:  “Understanding Islam in Light of the Issues of Our Times,” sponsored by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, Pacific Southwest Region, April, 2002.


Keynote Address:  “Challenges and Prospects for Islamic Peacebuilding after Septermber 11.” The Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, April, 2002.


Keynote Address.  “Dueling Fates: Should the International Legal Regime Accept a Collective or Individual Paradigm to Protect Women's Rights?” Michigan Journal of International Law, University of Michigan Law School.  April, 2002.


Discussion:  “Authority, Extremism and Religious Law.”  A discussion with Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein.  Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, March, 2002.


Panel:  “The Islamic View.”  Part of “Law and Faith: A Conference of Religiously-based Law Schools.”  Sponsored by Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, February, 2002.


Seminar: “The Future of Disciplinary Knowledges.” Distinguished Lecturer Series, the inaugural program for the University of Texas Humanities Institute to open in the 2001-2002 academic year.  Austin, TX, 2/2002.


Forum: “The Legacy of the Ten Commandments: Ancient Text and Modern Contexts.” UCLA Center for Jewish Studies 2001-2002 Public Forum.  Series of eleven lectures over fall and winter quarters featuring two speakers and a moderator each evening.  Los Angeles, CA, 1/2002.


Conference:  “A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty.”  Speaking on the topic of Faith Traditions & The Death Penalty.  Sponsored by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1/2002.


Lecture:  “Who Speaks for Islam?” Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, CA, 12/2001.


Lecture:  “Do Not Murder.” Part of the series on the Ten Commandments.  Sponsored by the UCLA Jewish Studies Program and University of Judaism, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA, 11/2001.



Lecture:  “Islamic Law and Terrorism.” Representing the UCLA Medical Center and Medical Group through the Visiting Speakers Program. Lecture to 150 physicians at Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Tarzana CA, 11/2001.


Lecture:  “Islamic Law and Terrorism.” Delivering to the Anti-Defamation League Executive Board, Los Angeles, CA, 10/2001.


Lecture:  Delivered to the Advisory Committee of the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch, New York, NY, 10/2001.


Panel:  “Perspectives on September 11, 2001: A UCLA Teach-In.”  UCLA panel on the tragedies of September 11 and their implications for the world from diverse perspectives, 10/2000.


Panel: “Perspectives on Central Asia and the Middle East.”  Sponsored by UC Irvine Department of History, 10/2001.


Lecture:  “Women and Islamic Law.”  Part of  “Feminism and the Law” series at Rice University, sponsored by the Feminist Reading Group.


“Racism.” Part of “Perspectives on September 11, 2001,” UCLA Law School panel on the tragedies of September 11 and their impact. 10/2001.


“Conflict Resolution as a Normative Value in Islamic Law: Handling Disputes with Non-Muslims.” Part of the Smith-Richardson Foundation Seminar Series, The Islam Seminar, sponsored by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Washington D.C., 9/2001.


“Muslim Identity in the West,” Conference on Islam and Muslims in America, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  Ohio State University, 5/2001.


“The Challenge of Speaking in God’s Name:  Islamic Law and Authoritativeness.” Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, 4/2001.


“The Arrested Development of Muslim Thought: An Evening with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl.” Lecture sponsored by Muslim Support Group, Houston, TX, 4/2001.


“Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity.” One-day seminar sponsored by Muslim Support Group, Houston, TX, 4/2001.


Book Signing for Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Austin, TX, 4/2001.


Book Signing for Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam. Midnight Special Bookstore, Santa Monica, CA, 4/2001.


“Banished From the Constitution: Immigrants and the First Amendment.” Panel sponsored by the Near Eastern Legal Society, UCLA School of Law, and the Graduate Student Association.  Helped organize the conference and delivered the introductory lecture. UCLA School of Law, 3/2001. 



“Islamic Law, Human Rights, and Terrorism,” Law and Society in the Middle East Seminar Series, cosponsored by the Center for Law, Policy and Social Science; the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures; and the Middle East Studies Center. Ohio State University College of Law, 3/2001.


Panel on “‘Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die?’ Faith-Based Responses to the Death Penalty.”  Sponsored by The Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of The Jewish Federation’s Metropolitan and Western Region, Los Angeles, CA, 11/2000.


Panel participant: “Shari’a: Islamic Jurisprudence and Minority Rights in Muslim Countries.” Part of Conference on Islam and Religious Freedom, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Washington, D.C., 11/2000.


“Rebellion in Islamic Law: The Negotiative Legal Process.” Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 9/2000.


“Two Days of Islamic Law with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl.” Special Weekend Program, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 7/2000.


Chair of Panel on “Regional Concerns in 2000 and Beyond: Border Disputes.” International Conference on Iran, Iraq and the Arab States of the Gulf. Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and Internal Studies and Overseas Programs, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 5/2000.


“Islamic Law, Beauty and Ugliness.” Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove, CA, 5/2000.


“Constitutionalism in Islamic Juristic Sources.” Lecture at conference on Islam and Constitutionalism. Sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, 4/2000.


“Colonizing Women: The Ethical and Legal Issues Surrounding Systematic Gender and Race Discrimination.”  Conference co-sponsored by the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and the International Law Society, UCLA School of Law.  Helped organize the conference and delivered the introductory lecture.  Los Angeles, CA, 4/2000.


“A Secured Marriage: The Use of Conditions in Islamic Marriage Contracts.”  Panel on Women, Law & Reform in Modern Egypt at the 51st Annual Meeting Program of The American Research Center in Egypt.  Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies; P.A. Hearst

Museum of Anthropology; Department of Near Eastern Studies; Graduate Division of UCBerkeley; Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archeology. UC Berkeley, 4/2000.


Keynote Speaker: Democracy in Islam and The Political Empowerment of Muslims in the U.S.  Sponsored by the Westchester American Muslim Association, New York, 4/2000.


“Challenges Confronting Islamic Law in the Modern Age.” Three-part lecture series sponsored by the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2/2000 – 3/2000.


“Fundamentalism in Early Islam."  Lecture as part of the symposium entitled Whither Islamic Fundamentalism?  sponsored by the G. E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2/2000.


“Islamic Law and Authority.”  Winter 2000 Colloquium Series, Center for the Study of Religion, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 1/2000.