Professor

Flavelle House
Room 325
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5  

Tel.: 416-946-0832

Research interests
Critical Legal Theory
International Human Rights Law
Islamic Law
Law and Religion
Legal History
Legal Theory
Tort Law and Tort Theory

Anver M. Emon is an internationally recognized scholar of Islamic law who works across multiple legal traditions in both his research and teaching, and brings that scholarly grounding to his consultations for governments, NGOs and legal advocacy groups around the world. 

Dr. Emon's research focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory; premodern modes of governance and adjudication; and the role of Shari'a both inside and outside the Muslim world.  His general academic interests include topics in law and religion; legal history; and legal philosophy. He teaches in the areas of torts and statutory interpretation, and offers specialized seminars on Islamic legal history, gender and Islamic law, and law and religion. The recipient of numerous research grants, he was named as a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of law. 

In addition to publishing numerous articles, Emon is the author of Islamic Natural Law Theories (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as the co-editor of Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? (Oxford University Press, 2012).  He is the founding editor of Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and series editor of the Oxford Islamic Legal Studies Series.

Education
B.A. (Hon) - University of California, Berkeley (1993)
J.D. - UCLA School of Law (1996)
M.A. - University of Texas, Austin (1999)
LL.M. - Yale Law School (2004)
Ph.D. (History) - UCLA (2005)
J.S.D. - Yale Law School (2009)
Academic appointments
Cross appointments: Department for the Study of Religion, Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Near and Middle East Civilizations
Visiting Scholar, Center of Theological Inquiry (2009-2010)
Awards and distinctions
• Fellow, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2014-2015)
• Member, Institute for Advanced Study (2014-2015)
• Justice Canada: Grant for High School Curriculum on Forced Marriage, Law and Youth Agency (2014-2015)
• Foundation for Legal Research, Grant for Research: "Statutory Interpretation and the Rule of Law" (2014-2015)
• SSHRC Connection Grant: Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning (2012-2013)
• Connaught Summer Institute Grant (2013-2015)
• SSHRC Insight Grant: Sharia and Rule of Law (2012-2017)
• SSHRC Workshop Grant: Labor and Migration in the Middle East (2011-2012)
• Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group Grant (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013))
• The Religion and Diversity Project MCRI Co-Investigator Grant (2010-2011)
• SSHRC Standard Research Grant - Reasoning in Islamic and Jewish Law (2008-2011)
• Faculty Fellow - Religion in the Public Sphere, University of Toronto (2007-2008)
• Humane Studies Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies (2004-2005)
• Fishbaugh/Pollack Fellowship, Graduate Division, UCLA (2003-2004)
• Edwin W. Pauley Foundation Fellowship, Department of History, UCLA (1999-2003)
• Jan Carleton Prize for Best M.A. Thesis, Dept. of History (1999)
• Foreign Language/Area Studies Fellowship, U.S. Dept of Education (1997-1998, 1998-1999)
• Phi Beta Kappa, UC Berkeley Chapter
Other service
• General Editor, Oxford Series in Islamic Legal Studies. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
• Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
• Consultant, Hague Abduction Convention and Islamic Law, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada) (2014)
• Consultant, Judicial Independence and Professionalism Project: The Maldives. Comm. for Federal Judicial Affairs, Dept of Justice, Canada (2012-2013)
• Research Leader, "Forced Marriage High School Curriculum Project" (2012-2014)
• Co-Chair (with Mark Ellis, Exec Dir of International Bar Association). Islamic and International Law: Searching for Common Ground. Salzburg Global Seminar (Austria). November 14-19, 2010.
• Editorial Board Member. Journal of Law and Religion
• Faculty Fellow, International Summer School for Religion and Public Life, Bulgaria (July 2011)
• Faculty Fellow, International Summer School for Religion and Public Life, Indonesia (July 2012)
Other info

News Items

For Toronto Star coverage of Connaught Summer Institute on Islamic Studies, 2013, click here.

Selected Publications

Books

Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 (co-editor with Mark Ellis and Benjamin Glahn).

Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Islamic Natural Law Theories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Articles

"The Paradox of Equality and the Politics of Difference: Gender Equality, Islamic Law and the Modern Muslim State." In Gender and Equality in Islamic Law: Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition. Eds. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Kari Vogt, Lena Larson, and Christian Moe. 237-258. London: IB Tauris, 2013.

"The Limits of Constitutionalism in the Muslim World: History and Identity in Islamic Law." In Constitutional Design for Divided Societies. Ed. Sujit Choudhry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. 258-286.

"Islamic Law and the Canadian Mosaic: Politics, Jurisprudence, and Multicultural Accommodation." Canadian Bar Review 87, no. 2 (February 2009): 391-425.

"To Most Likely Know the Law: Objectivity, Authority and Interpretation in Islamic Law." Hebraic Political Studies  4, no. 4 (2009): 415-440. (view on SSRN)

"Huquq Allah and Huquq al-'Ibad: A Legal Heuristic for a Natural Rights Regime." Islamic Law and Society 13, no. 3 (2006): 325-391.