Last updated on: 7/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Khaled Abou El Fadl, PhD Biography

Title:
Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law at the University of Southern California
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The Koran says quite explicitly that God created human beings, and put into them, or put onto them a part of God’s breath. And to reach the conclusion of termination of that divinity requires that one reach a level of not just evidentiary, but a certain degree of moral certitude. And that moral certitude, although my position is not unequivocal and sort of categorical, but I find it difficult to hypothesize, to imagine abstractly a situation in which one would be so sure at a moral plain that the snuffing away or the taking away of that breath of God is justified.”

“A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty,” Pew Forum, Jan. 25, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law, University of Southern California, 1998-2008
  • Named, Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Studies, Carnegie Foundation, 2005
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Assistant Professor, Yale Law School
  • Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Education:
  • PhD, Islamic Studies, Princeton University, 1999
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • BA, Yale University, 1986
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Islam Support the Death Penalty?
  2. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?