Khaled Abou El Fadl


Professor of Law

Home Department: Law

Areas of Interest

Authority, human rights, democracy and beauty in Islam, Islamic Law.




Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights.  He is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum and Political Crimes and Legal Systems.  He is also the Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA.  Dr. Abou El Fadl holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic law from Princeton University.  Dr. Abou El Fadl is also an Islamic jurist and scholar, having received 13 years of systematic instruction in Islamic jurisprudence, grammar and eloquence in Egypt and Kuwait.  After law school, he clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice James Moeller, and practiced immigration and investment law in the U.S. and the Middle East.  He previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School and Princeton University.

Selected Research

1. .  “The Praetorian State in the Arab Spring”, 34 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 305 (2013).

2.  Islam and the Challenge of Democracy. Princeton University Press (2004). Translated into Indonesian (Islam Dan Tantangan Demokrasi, Jakarta: PT Serambi Ilmu Semesta, 2003).

3.  The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses. 3rd ed. Dar Taiba (1997). Prior editions: 1997; MVI, 1996.