khaled abou el fadl - published articles



“9/11 and the Muslim Transformation.”  In September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (American Encounters/Global Interactions) edited by Mary Dudziak. Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 70-111.


“A distinctly Islamic View of Human Rights:  Does it exist and is it compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” Vol. 27, No. 2, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 27, 2005.


“Ahkam al-Bughat:  Irregular Warfare and the Law of Rebellion in Islam.”  In Cross, Crescent & Sword:  The Justification and Limitation of War in Western and Islamic Tradition. Edited by James Turner Johnson and John Kelsay.  Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1990.         


“Between Functionalism and Morality: The Juristic Debates on the Conduct of War.” In Islamic Ethics of Life: Abortion, War, and Euthanasia. Edited by Jonathan E. Brockopp.  University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC: 2003, pp. 103 – 128.


“The Centrality of Sharī‘ah to Government and Constitutionalism in Islam” in “Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity,” eds. Rainer Grote and Tillman Roder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).


“Conceptualizing Shari‘a in the Modern State,” 56 Villanova Law Review 4 (2012).


“Conflict Resolution as a Normative Value in Islamic Law:  Handling Disputes with Non-Muslims.” In Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik  Edited by Douglas Johnston.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 178 – 209.


“Constitutionalism and the Islamic Sunni Legacy.”  UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law 1, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2001-02): 67-101.


“Critique:  Review of the U.S. Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, Egypt.”  Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.


“The Crusader.” Boston Review 28, no. 2 (March/April 2006).


“Cultivating Human Rights: Islamic Law and the Humanist Imperative,” in Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought, Festschrift in honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi, edited by Asma Sayeed and Intisar Rabb, part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History, ed. Khaled Abou El Fadl (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


“The Culture of Ugliness in Modern Islam and Reengaging Morality.”  UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law 2, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2002-03): 33 – 97.


“The Death Penalty, Mercy and Islam: A Call for Retrospection.”  In A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty, Erik C. Owens, John D. Carlson & Eric P. Elshtain, eds.  Grand Rapids, Mi: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004, pp. 73-105.


“Democracy in Islamic Law.” In Under Siege:  Islam and Democracy. Edited by Richard Bulliet. New York: Middle East Institute of Columbia University, 1994.


“Dogs in the Islamic Tradition and Nature,” in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (New York: Continuum International, 2005).


"Egypt’s Secularized Intelligentsia and the Guardians of Truth," in Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy, ed. D. Fahmy and D. Faruqi (Oneworld, 2017).


Encyclopedia Iranica, Vol. 7, s.v. “Dia,” 1996.


Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, s.v. “Diplomatic Immunity.” Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1995.


Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, s.v. “Hostages.” Co-authored with Asma Sayeed. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1995.


Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, Vol. 4, s.v. “Rebellion.” Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.


Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, Vol. 4, s.v. “Retaliation.” Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.


“The Epistemology of Truth in Modern Islam,” in Toward New Democratic Imaginaries - Istanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics, ed. Seyla Benhabib and Volker Kaul (Springer, 2016).


"The epistemology of the truth in modern Islam," Philosophy and Social Criticism 41, no. 4-5 (2015): 473-86.


“Fascism Triumphant?” Political Theology 10, no. 4 (2009), pp. 577-581.


"Failure of a Revolution: The Military, Secular Intelligentsia and Religion in Egypt's Pseudo-Secular State," in Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring (Routledge, 2015).


“Fox Hunting, Pheasant Shooting and Comparative Law.” Co-authored with Alan Watson. American Journal of Comparative Law 48 (2000): 1 - 37.


“The Human Rights Commitment in Modern Islam.”  In Human Rights and Responsibilities in the World Religions, edited by Joseph Runzo, Nancy M. Martin and Arvind Sharma.  Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003, pp. 301-364.


“Introduction.” In Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism. London: Amal Press, 2002, pp. 19 – 44. 


“Introduction.” In With God on our Side: Politics and Theology of the War on Terrorism. London: Amal Press, 2005, pp. xli-xlv.


“Islam and the Challenge of Democracy.” Boston Review 28, no. 2 (April/May 2003).


“Islam and the Challenge of Democratic Commitment.” Fordham International Law Journal 27, no. 1 (December 2003): pp. 4 – 71.


“Islam and the Challenge of Democratic Commitment.” In Does Human Rights Need God?, edited by Elizabeth M. Bucar and Barbra Barnett.  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Cambridge, U.K., 2005, pp. 58 – 103.


“Islam and the State: A Short History.” In Democracy and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan”, Edited by Cheryl Benard and Nina Hachigian.  Conference Proceedings, Rand Corporation and Center for Asia Pacific Policy, March, 2003.


“Islam and the Theology of Power.” Middle East Report 221 (Winter 2001): 28 – 33.


“Islam and the Theology of Power,” In With God on our Side: Politics and Theology of the War on Terrorism. London: Amal Press, 2005, pp. 299-311.


“Islam and Tolerance:  Abou El Fadl Replies.” Boston Review 27, no. 1 (February/March 2002): 51.


“Islam and Violence: Our Forgotten Legacy,” In Islam in Transition. Edited by John Donohue and John Esposito. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp.460-464.


“Islamic Authority” in New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition, ed. Kari Vogt, Lena Miller and Christian Moe, London: I.B. Tauris, 2009.


“Islamic Law and Ambivalent Scholarship: A Review of Lawrence Rosen, The Justice of Islam: Comparative Perspectives on Islamic Law and Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).”  Michigan Law Review, vol. 100, no. 6, May 2002, pp. 1421– 1443.


“Islamic Law and Muslim Minorities:  The Juristic Discourse on Muslim Minorities from the Second/Eighth to the Eleventh/Seventeenth Centuries.” Islamic Law and Society 1, no. 2 (1994): 141 - 187.


“Islamic Law, Human Rights and Neo-Colonialism” in Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006: The `War on Terror', ed. Chris Miller, Manchester University Press, 2009.


“The Islamic Legal Tradition: A Comparative Law Perspective.”  In Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law, eds. Mauro Bussani and Ugo Mattei, Cambridge University Press, 2012.


“The Language of the Age: Shari'a and Natural Justice in the Egyptian Revolution,” An Article in the Series: Law in the Aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 25 January, Harvard International Law Journal online, April 25, 2011,


“Law and Ethics in the Islamic Normative Tradition,” in The Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics (Oxford: Oxford University Online, 2018 and forthcoming in print).


“Law of Duress in Islamic Law and Common Law: A Comparative Study.” Arab Law Quarterly 6, no. 2 (1991): 121; Islamic Studies 30, no. 3 (1991): 305 - 350.


“Lebanon:  Microcosm of the Middle East Conflict.” The Yale International Forum, May 1984.


“Legal and Jurisprudential Literature: 9th to 15th Century.”  Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Culture, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004, pp. 37-41.


“Legal Debates on Muslim Minorities:  Between Rejection and Accommodation.” Journal of Religious Ethics 22, no. 1, (1994): 127 - 162.


“The Modern Ugly and the Ugly Modern:  Reclaiming the Beautiful in Islam.”  In Progressive Muslims.  Edited by Omid Safi.  Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003, pp. 33 – 77.


“Muslims and Accessible Jurisprudence in Liberal Democracies:  A Response to Edward B. Foley's Jurisprudence and Theology." Fordham Law Review 66 (1998): 1227 – 1231.


“Muslim Minorities and Self-Restraint in Liberal Democracies.”  Loyola Law Review 29, no. 4 1996, 1525 - 1542.


“Negotiating Human Rights Through Language.” UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 5, no. 2 (2001): 229 – 236.


“The Orphans of Modernity and the Clash of Civilisations.”  In Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace, edited by Roger Boase. Ashgate Publishing Co., Hants, England, 2005 pp. 179-188.


“The Orphans of Modernity and the Clash of Civilisations.”  Global Dialogue, vol. 4, no. 2 (Spring 2002), pp. 1 – 16.


“The Paradoxes of Islamophobia and the Future of the World,” Introduction to The Essential Message of Islam by Muhammad Yunus and Ashfaque Ullah Syed, (Beltsville, Md: Amana Publications, 2009).


“Peaceful Jihad.” In Taking Back Islam.  Edited by Michael Wolfe. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press, 2002, pp. 33 – 39.


“The Place of Ethical Obligations in Islamic Law”, UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, no. 4 (2005): pp.1-40.


“The Place of Tolerance in Islam.”  Boston Review 26, no. 6 (December 2001/January 2002): 34 – 36.  Translated into Arabic for publication in Al-Rashad.


“Political Crime in Islamic Jurisprudence and Western Legal History.” UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy 4 (1998): 1 - 28.


“The Praetorian State in the Arab Spring,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, vol. 34, 2013.


"Qur'anic Ethics and Islamic Law," in Journal of Islamic Ethics 1 (Brill, 2017): 7-28, for Qur'an and Ethics Conference Proceedings, organized by the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) and Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies.


“Reading the Signs: The Moral Compass of Transcendent Engagement.” In Herausforderungen an die islamische Theologie in Europa- Challenges for Islamic Theologie in Europe. Edited by Mouhanad Khorchide and Klaus von Stosch. Freiburg: Herder, 2012. Lecture publication for conference, “Challenges for Islamic Theology in Europe,” hosted by Paderborn University and the University of Münster in Münster, Germany on June 11, 2011. 


“Religious Authority in the 21st Century,” in the conference publication for “Speaking in God's Name: Re-examining Gender in Islam” (2012).


Review of Law and Islam in the Middle East, by Daisy Hilse Dwyer, ed. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 9, no. 2 (1992): 268 - 272.


Review of “The Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur’an, the Muwatta’ and Madinan ‘Amal,” by Yasin Dutton.   32 International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 32 (2000): 531 – 532.


“The Rules of Killing at War:  An Inquiry into Classical Sources.” The Muslim World 89, no. 2 (1999): 144 – 157.


Series Editor's Preface: to Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought, Festschrift in honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi, edited by Asma Sayeed and Intisar Rabb, part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law and History, ed. Khaled Abou El Fadl (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


“The Shari'ah.”  In The Oxford University Handbook of Islam and Politics, part of the Oxford University Press Handbook series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, November 2013).


“Shari'ah and Human Rights,” in Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa, ed. A. Tirado Chase (Routledge, 2016). 


“Soul Searching and the Spirit of Shari’ah: A Review of Bernard Weiss’ The Spirit of Islamic Law.”  Washington University Global Studies Law Review, vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2, Winter/Summer 2002, pp. 553 – 72.


“Speaking, Killing and Loving in God’s Name.” The Hedgehog Review 6, no. 1 (Spring 2004).


“Striking the Balance:  Islamic Legal Discourse on Muslim Minorities.”  Muslims on the Americanization Path?  Edited by Yvonne Haddad and John Esposito. Atlanta, Ga.:  Scholars Press, 1998; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.


“Tax Farming in Islamic Law:  A Search for a Concept.” Islamic Studies 31, no. 1 (1992): 5 – 32.


“The Unbounded Law of God and Territorial Boundaries.” In States, Nations and Borders: The Ethics of Making Boundaries.  Edited by Allen Buchanan and Margaret Moore.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 214 – 227.


“Violence, Personal Commitment, and Democracy,” in Islam and English Law: Rights, Responsibilities and the Place of Shari‘a, ed. Robin Griffith-Jones (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).


“What Became of Tolerance in Islam.” In Beauty for Ashes, Edited by John Farina. New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001, pp. 71-75.


“When Happiness Fails: An Islamic Perspective,” in Journal of Law and Religion 29 (Cambridge University Press, 2014): 109-123.


"The Unique and International and the Imperative of Discourse." 8 Chicago Journal of International Law 43-57 (2007).


“The Use and Abuse of Holy War.” A Review of James Johnson’s, “The Holy War Idea in the Western & Islamic Traditions.” Ethics and International Affairs 14 (2000): 133 - 140.