The Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School brings prominent scholars of Islam to the Yale campus for public lectures, seminar discussions, visiting fellowships, and visiting professorships.

More about the Kamel Center.


Center Co-Directors:

Owen M. Fiss, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law

Anthony T. Kronman, Sterling Professor of Law


Research Fellows:

Amir Toft, Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow

Abdullah Alaoudh, Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow

Nadia Marzouki, Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow


Administrative Support:

Bradley Hayes, Coordinator of International Programs

Explore the Kamel Center

Lecture Series

View current and past schedules of the Abdallah S. Kamel Lectures


Read occasional papers by visitors


Watch videos of several lectures from past years


Fellowships and travel grants offered by the center

Upcoming Lectures

September 26 Tuesday

Arab Winter: The End of Empire and the New Middle East – Whose Fault is the Islamic State?

4:15PM to 5:15PM

Faculty Lounge

The second in a series of three lectures by Noah Feldman ’97, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard, on forms Islamic constitutionalism might take will focus on the Muslim Brotherhood. The third lecture will take place at the same time on Wednesday, September 27.

October 25 Wednesday

Kamel Lecture and Chirelstein Colloquium: "Islamic Finance: Historical Roots and Contemporary Applications," with Fred P. Phillips IV '90, Chief Executive Officer, Innovative Card Systems

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Fred P. Phillips IV ‘90 is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Card Systems, which is a financial technology company that has developed technology to link debit cards to both cash and securities, thereby transforming securities into digital currencies to pay for card transactions. Since his YLS graduation, Fred has had a wide-ranging career in government (clerked on the Ninth Circuit and worked in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice), in private practice, in business (at ABN AMRO Bank and at The Carlyle Group), and as a fintech entrepreneur. He has served on the boards of over a dozen companies, including those that now have multi-billion-dollar market caps.

November 7 Tuesday

A Holey Law? Sharī‘ah and Non-Muslims

4:15PM to 5:15PM

Faculty Lounge

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

January 30 Tuesday

The Religious Economy of Modern Islam

4:15PM to 5:15PM

Faculty Lounge

Nile Green, Professor, UCLA Department of History

February 13 Tuesday

Islamic Family Law in American Courts

4:15PM to 5:15PM

Faculty Lounge

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

March 6 Tuesday

Sameness in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Reasoning

4:15PM to 5:15PM

Faculty Lounge

David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Fundamentals, Middle East Studies, and the College, University of Chicago

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