FADEL. MOHAMMAD Contact Areas of Interest

Faculty of Law
78 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON
t: 416-946-0589
e: mohammad.fadel@utoronto.ca
  • Islamic legal history
  • Political liberalism and Islam


Mohammad H. Fadel is the professor of Religion and the Liberal State: The Case of Islam. He joined the Faculty of Law in January 2006. He received his BA in Government and Foreign Affairs (1988), a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (1995) and his JD from the University of Virginia (1999). While at the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Fadel was a John M. Olin Law and Economics Scholar and Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review.

Prior to law school, Professor Fadel completed his PhD in Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. In addition, Professor Fadel 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. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history.

Selected publications

Ribâ, Efficiency and Prudential Regulation: Preliminary Thoughts”  Wisconsin International Law Journal, Forthcoming, Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-18.

Istafti qalbaka wa in aftâka al-nasu wa aftûka:‘ The Ethical Obligations of the Muqallid Between Autonomy and Trust,” forthcoming as a chapter in a Festschrift in honor of Professor Bernard Weiss, ed. Kevin Reinhart.

“Political Liberalism, Islamic Law and Family Law Pluralism: the Contrasting Cases of New York and Ontario,” forthcoming as a chapter in Marriage and Divorce in a Multi-Cultural Context: Reconsidering the Boundaries of Civil Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press, ed. Joel Nichols.

“Back to the Future: The paradoxical Revival of Aspirations for an Islamic State,” 14, 1  Review of Constitutional Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2009, Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 09-62.

“Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights” Chicago Journal of International Law, Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 1, 2008, University of Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 981777.

“The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law” (2008) 21:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 5.

“Classical Religious Perspectives of Adoption Law” (2004) 79 Notre Dame Law Review 693. (with D. Pollack, C.Reid, & M. Bleich).

“Reinterpreting the Guardian’s Role in the Islamic Contract of Marriage: The Case of the Maliki School” (1998) 3:1 The Journal of Islamic Law 1.

“Two Women, One Man: Knowledge, Power and Gender in Medieval Sunni Legal Thought” (1997) 29 International Journal of Middle East Studies 185.

“The Social Logic of Taqlid and the Rise of the Mukhtasar” (1996) 3:2 Islamic Law and Society 193.