Asifa Quraishi-Landes comes to this position from her role as a leader in the Muslim legal community. As part of her work with NAML (National Association of Muslim Lawyers) in the early 2000s, she joined together with several close colleagues to imagine the idea of Muslim Advocates, and then joined the founding Board of Directors to create this important organization. She served on the Board of Muslim Advocates, supporting its impressive growth and accomplishments, until 2015.
Since 2004, Quraishi-Landes has been a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, specializing in US Constitutional Law and Islamic Law. She has written on comparative legal theory, Islamic law and women’s rights, Islamophobia and family law in the United States, and currently is working on a book proposing a new structure for Islamic constitutionalism. Known globally as an expert in her fields, Quraishi-Landes is in regular demand for her expertise as speaker and consultant, and has been honored as a Carnegie Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow for her scholarly work.
Asifa holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, and the University of California. Her public service ranges from serving as faculty advisor to student organizations on the Wisconsin campus to serving as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She has also served on the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and advisor to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life.
A lifelong leader in the American Muslim nonprofit world, she currently serves on the governing boards of the Muslim Public Service Network, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. She was a past President of NAML and Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
Asifa has always had big dreams for Muslim Advocates, and is honored now to be asked to help bring those dreams to reality by serving in this important transition period. She is especially reassured that she is undertaking this work with Farah Brelvi, with whom she has enjoyed a decades-long close personal friendship.