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Khaled Abou El Fadl, PhD Biography

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

“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
  • PhD, Islamic Studies, Princeton University, 1999
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • BA, Yale University, 1986
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