Professor Asifa Quraishi Lecture

Professor Asifa Quraishi
School of Law
University of Wisconsin

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on February 2, 2008 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.


Islamic Law, Women, and the Headlines:
A Commentary


Dr. Quraishi holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Columbia Law School, a J.D. from the University of California, and B.A. from Berkeley. She has served as law clerk in United States federal courts (for Judge Edward Dean Price, U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California in 1993), and as the death penalty law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during 1994–1997. Dr. Quraishi made news in 2001 when she drafted a clemency appeal brief in the case of Bariya Ibrahim Magazu, who was sentenced to flogging in Zamfara, Nigeria. She is an associate of the Muslim Women's League, and has served as past president and board member of Karamah: Muslim Women for Lawyers for Human Rights.

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University of Wisconsin Law School faculty page
Asifa Quraishi, a specialist in Islamic law and legal theory, joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in Fall 2004. Professor Quraishi's expertise ranges from U.S. law on federal court practice to constitutional legal theory, with a comparative focus in Islamic law. At the UW Law School, Quraishi is teaching a combination of core law school classes in Constitutional Law, and electives in Islamic law and jurisprudence. ...
Feminism can’t solve all, Muslim speaker advises
Stressing open-mindedness, education and humility as requirements for Western feminists hoping to aid Muslim women, Asifa Quraishi gave a talk last night entitled “Western Advocacy for Muslim Women: It’s Not Just the Thought That Counts.” An assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and a specialist in Islamic law and legal theory, Quraishi discussed the potentially harmful effects misguided efforts from Western feminists can have on the Muslim women they are trying to help. ...
Her Honor: An Islamic Critique of the Rape Laws of Pakistan from a Woman-Sensitive Perspective
This article critiques the rape laws of Pakistan from an Islamic point of view, which is careful to include women’s perspectives in its analysis. Unlike much of what is popularly presented as traditional Islamic law, this woman-affirming Islamic approach will reveal the inherent gender-egalitarian nature of Islam, which is too often ignored by its academics, courts, and legislatures. This article will demonstrate how cultural patriarchy has instead colored the application of certain Islamic laws in places like Pakistan, resulting in the very injustice, which the Qur’an so forcefully condemns. ...