Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Charles Howard Candler
Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae




Areas of Expertise
Human Rights, Comparative Law, Islamic Law


Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associated professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and faculty affiliate at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Professor An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation:

- Women and Land in Africa,
- Islamic Family Law, and
- Fellowship Program in Islam and Human Rights.

The websites for these projects can be accessed through Professor An-Na'im's personal homepage at

Professor An-Na'im's current research projects include a study of American Muslims and the secular state, and of human rights, universality and sovereignty. He continues to further develop his theory of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard University Press, 2008), also published in Arabic and Indonesian. Translations of this manuscript in Bengali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish and Russian, are available for download free of charge at


LLB (Honours), University of Khartoum (Sudan), 1970; LLB (Honours) and Diploma in Criminology, University of Cambridge (England), 1973; PhD (Law), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1976.

Globalization and Jurisprudence: An Isalmic Law Perspective
54 Emory L.J. 25 2005

Human Rights in the Arab World: A Regional Perspective
23 Hum. Rts. Q. 701 2001

Islam and Human Rights: Beyond the Universality Debate
94 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 95 2000

Contingent Universality of Human Rights: The Case of Freedom of Expression in African and Islamic Contexts, The
11 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 29 1997

Self-Determination and Unity: The Case of Sudan
18 Law & Pol'y 199 1996

Cultural Transformation and Normative Consensus on the Best Interests of the Child
8 Int'l J.L. & Fam. 62 1994

Civil Rights in the Islamic Constitutional Tradition: Shared Ideals and Divergent Regimes
25 J. Marshall L. Rev. 267 1992

Human Rights in the Muslim World: Socio-Political Conditions and Scriptural Imperatives - A Preliminary Inquiry
3 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 13 1990


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