Kraemer Scholar-In-Residence

The Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence is offered yearly, and provides the opportunity for a scholar specializing in Islamic law and governance to spend a short period of time at William & Mary sharing his or her expertise with the university community. The Scholar-In-Residence is open to all geographical areas and sub-disciplines, provided the Scholar’s background, interest and topical focus are on or clearly related to Islamic law and governance.

The Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence was established with a generous gift from Carole A. and Richard C. Kraemer ’65.

The Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the William & Mary School of Law is a co-sponsor of the program.

Past scholars include:

2015: Sara Khan

Sara Khan

Director of Inspire, a women's human rights and counter-terrorism organization which seeks to address inequalities facing British Muslim women. In January 2015 Khan was recognized as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people working toward peace and stability in the United Kingdom. In September 2005 after the London bombings, she sat on the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group.  She is currently sitting on the Government’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) External Expert Advisory Group on Girls and Women advising the International Development Secretary.

Lectures: Making a Stand: A Woman's Jihad against Violence and Extremism (Mar. 3, 3:30 p.m., Miller Hall, Mason School of Business) and UISIS and Women's Rights: The Key Battleground for Extremists (Mar. 4, 12:50 p.m., The Law School, Room 127). Both lectures are free and open to the public.

2014: Haider Ala Hamoudi

Professor Hamoudi

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Previously served as a legal advisor to the Finance Committee of the Iraq Governing Council, and worked with the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University’s College of Law to improve legal education in Iraq. He also advised the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi legislature on behalf of the US Embassy in Baghdad.

Lectures: Islam in the Iraq Constitution (Mar. 13, 12:50 p.m., Law School, Room 141) and Understanding the Sunni-Shi'a Split: From Theology to Law (Mar. 14, 3:30 p.m., Andrews Hall, Room 101). Both lectures are free and open to the public.

2013: Muhammed Tabiu

Muhammed TabiuDepartment of Islamic Law at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. Previously served in the Ministry of Justice in Kano State, taught in the Faculty of Law at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto State, and served as Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Jigawa State. Former Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory

Lectures: Islam, Human Rights, and Social Justice and Islamic Law and Religious Freedom in Nigeria.

2012: Asma Afsaruddin

Asma Afsaruddin

Chair and professor of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.

Lectures: Reviving the Caliphate: Debating Just Governance in Islam and Competing Visions of the Shari’a: The Real Clash in the Islamic World.

2011: Mishkat Al Moumin

Mishkat Al MouminFormer Minister of Environment of Iraq. Founder and CEO of Iraq's Women and the Environment Organization (WATEO).

Lectures: The Status of Human Rights In Iraq, Post Saddam and Promoting Women’s Rights in an Islamic Society.

2009: Zainah Anwar

Zainah AnwarFounding member and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian non-governmental organization which focuses on advancing women’s rights within the framework of Islamic culture and faith. Project director for Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

Lectures: What Islam, Whose Islam? From Misogyny to Equality and Challenging History and Tradition: Women and Islamic Law.