Prof. Asifa Quraishi
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
Asifa Quraishi specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S. constitutional law. She holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley, and has served as law clerk in United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Asifa Quraishi's recent publications include articles on comparative legal theory, Islamic criminal law, and Muslim family law in United States courts. Her latest publications include: “On Fallibility and Finality: Why Thinking Like a Qadi Helps Me Understand American Constitutional Law" (Michigan State Law Review) and “What if Sharia Weren’t the Enemy? Rethinking International Women’s Rights Advocacy on Islamic Law” (Columbia Journal of Gender and Law). Currently, she is working on a theory of contemporary Islamic constitutionalism, for which she received a national Carnegie Scholar grant in the spring of 2009.
Asifa Quraishi has served as a Public Delegate to the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, on the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. She is currently on the governing boards of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), Muslim Advocates, the Journal of Law and Religion, and the Section on Islamic Law for the Association of American Law Schools. She also has long-term relationships with American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA), the Muslim Youth Camp of California, the Muslim Women’s League and Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.