College of Law

Cannon Lecture Series

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Noon-1 pm
McQuade Law Auditorium

Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Photo Credit: Shirin Tinati

"Islamic Family Law in the United States: Islamophobia, American Secularism, and American Muslims"

Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes
University of Wisconsin Law School

As state court judges wrestle with how and whether to accommodate religious-based claims in divorce litigation, "anti-Sharia" law bills have proliferated in states across the country. Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes will summarize the legal landscape of Islamic family law cases in the U.S. over the years and will discuss what the future might mean for American secularism and for American Muslims living here.

Professor Quraishi-Landes is a nationally known expert on Islamic and U.S. constitutional law, with a focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory. She teaches in the areas of constitutional law and Islamic law.

Quraishi-Landes is president of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and serves on the governing board of the Association of America Law Schools (AALS) Section on Islamic Law. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Islamic Reconstitutionalism, in which she proposes a new model of Islamic constitutionalism for today's Muslim-majority countries. Quraishi-Landes is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Previously, she served as a public delegate on the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, president and board member of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, a fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and as an advisor to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life.

Quraishi-Landes is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley (BA), University of California-Davis (JD), Harvard Law School (SJD), and Columbia Law School (LLM).

“In an increasingly pluralistic society, our legal institutions have sometimes stumbled in handling diverse religious traditions,” says Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Geoffrey Rapp. “This year’s Cannon Lecturer, Professor Quraishi-Landes, will offer insights into the treatment of Islamic Family Law in American courts.”

About the Lecture

This free, public lecture is part of the Cannon Lecture Series that was established in 1980 to honor former Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon. The series hosts nationally known individuals who explore both the humanistic dimensions and limitations of our legal system. Food and drink will be provided.


McQuade Law Auditorium is within the Law Center, which is located at 1825 West Rocket Drive (immediately inside the UT West Entrance off Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street). For College of Law events scheduled Monday-Thursday prior to 4 pm, free guest parking is only available in Parking Area 25 (lot off Secor Road, next to the Gateway and behind Rocket Hall) with no ticketing except for metered, reserved or handicap spaces. This change is effective starting fall 2018, so please allow extra time to arrive at the Law Center.


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Last Updated: 9/25/18