EMON, ANVER Contact Areas of Interest
Emon, Anver Faculty of Law
84 Queen’s Park Toronto, ON
t: 416-946-0832
e: anver.emon@utoronto.ca
  • Islamic legal history and theory
  • Medieval European legal history
  • Legal philosophy
  • SJD (in progress) Yale Law School
  • Treatment of non-Muslims under Islamic law and Islamic legal hermeneutic theory


BA (UC Berkeley), JD (UCLA School of Law), MA (History, Univ. of Texas at Austin), LLM (Yale Law School), and PhD (History, UCLA). Called to the California State Bar.

Anver M. Emon is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is an internationally recognized scholar of Islamic law who works across multiple legal traditions in both his research and teaching, and brings that scholarly grounding to his consultations for governments, NGOs and legal advocacy groups around the world.  Dr. Emon’s research focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory; premodern modes of governance and adjudication; and the role of Shari’a both inside and outside the Muslim world.  His general academic interests include topics in law and religion; legal history; and legal philosophy. He teaches in the areas of torts and statutory interpretation, and offers specialized seminars on Islamic legal history, gender and Islamic law, and law and religion.

In addition to publishing numerous articles, Emon is the author of Islamic Natural Law Theories (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as the co-editor of Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He is the founding editor of Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and series editor of the Oxford Islamic Legal Studies Series.

Selected publications

“The Limits of Constitutionalism in the Muslim World: History and Identity in Islamic Law,” in Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, ed. Sujit Choudhry (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“On the Pope, Cartoons, and Apostates: Shari’a 2006,” Journal of Law and Religion 22, no. 2 (2006-2007): 303-321.

“Huquq Allah and Huquq al-‘Ibad: A Legal Heuristic for a Natural Rights Regime,” Islamic Law and Society 13, no. 3 (2006): 325-391.