March 13, 2014 – Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law, has been selected by the Islamic Center of Southern California to receive the 2014 American Muslim Achievement Award (AMAA). The award honors Muslims who have achieved excellence in their field and made outstanding contributions to society. He will be presented with the award at a ceremony on March 15, to be held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Professor Abou El Fadl, who has been a member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1998, is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. Among his many honors and distinctions, Professor Abou El Fadl was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and was named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and he also served as a member of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch. In 2013, he was recognized among “The 50 Smartest People of Faith” by TheBestSchools.org, and was previously ranked among “The Power 500 List of the World’s Most Influential Arabs” and “The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”
Professor Abou El Fadl is the author of 14 books (three forthcoming) and more than 100 articles on various topics in Islam and Islamic law. He writes extensively on universal themes of humanity, morality, human rights, justice and mercy, and is well known for his writings on beauty as a core moral value of Islam. His new book entitled Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari‘ah in the Modern Age, is due out in late 2014/early 2015.