Bibliography of Dr. Abou El Fadl


The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books. Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.

The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. San Francisco, Ca: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

The Place of Tolerance in Islam. Boston, Ma.: Beacon Press, 2002.

Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2001.

And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America/Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.

Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America/Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.

The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study. 3rd edition. Washington, D.C.: Al-Saadawi Publishers, 2002.


“Shariah and Constitutionalism” in “Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity,” ed. Rainer Grote and Tillman Roder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

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

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

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

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

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

“9/11 and the Muslim Transformation.” In September 11: A Transformative Moment? Culture, Religion and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty, edited by Mary Dudziak. Duke University Press, 2003.

“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.

“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.

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

“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.

“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.

“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.

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

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

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

“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 – 43.

“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.

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

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

“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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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.

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

“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.

“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.


“Obama in Cairo” Commentary, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, June 4, 2009.

“Fascism Triumphant?” Translated into Dutch. Opinion, VolZin, The Netherlands, Issue 15, August 7, 2009.

“Forward.” In Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam by Amina Wadud. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006, pp. vii-xiv.

“Al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia.” Opinion, Wall Street Journal, 10 November, 2003.

“On Rebuilding Iraq.” Opinion, Wall Street Journal, 21 April, 2003.

“Past year has been difficult for American Muslims.” Editorial, Dallas Morning News, 8 September, 2002.

“US Muslims, Unite and Stand Up.” Editorial, Los Angeles Times, 14, July 2002.

“Moderate Muslims Under Siege.” Editorial, New York Times, 1 July 2002.

“What Became of Tolerance in Islam?” Editorial, Los Angeles Times, 14 September 2001.

“Terrorism is at Odds With Islamic Tradition.” Editorial, Los Angeles Times, 22 August 2001.

“Islamic Sex Laws.” Article, LA Daily Journal, 15 August 1999.

“Human Rights Must Include Tolerance.” Los Angeles Times, 12 August 1997.

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