Mohammad Fadel

Mohammad Fadel is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a Columnist at The Islamic Monthly


Mohammad Fadel is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a Columnist at The Islamic Monthly



ARTICLES BY Mohammad Fadel



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Trump and Muslims: How Far Can He Go?

As Donald Trump is inaugurated the nation’s 45th president, American Muslims are understandably nervous about what a T


As Donald Trump is inaugurated the nation’s 45th president, American Muslims are understandably nervous about what a Trump administration could do to their community. From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has made anti-Muslim policies one of his signature issues. He repeatedly exclaimed his determination to bar all Muslims from entering the United States, to […]

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Being Muslim in the Age of Trump

Donald Trump became the official nominee of the Republican Party by crushing a large field of competitors that include


Donald Trump became the official nominee of the Republican Party by crushing a large field of competitors that included a laundry list of an older generation of Republican Party stalwarts — such as governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich, and Senator Lindsey Graham — and a younger generation of Republican Party leaders, such as senators Marco Rubio […]

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Obergefell, Marriage Equality and Islam in the West

The Supreme Court of the United States of America on June 26 issued its long-awaited decision in Obergefell on the const


The Supreme Court of the United States of America on June 26 issued its long-awaited decision in Obergefell on the constitutionality of limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. Although the decision to strike down state laws limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was decided by the narrowest of margins, 5-4, and although it elicited four dissents condemning […]

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The Iran Deal and the Future of the Middle East

The recent announcement of an agreement in principle between the United States and Iran on the future of the Iranian nuc


The recent announcement of an agreement in principle between the United States and Iran on the future of the Iranian nuclear program portends dramatic changes in the future of the United States’ relationship with the Middle East. From the perspective of President Obama, a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program was required, not only […]

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ISIS, Islamophobia and the End of Sunnism

Editor’s Note: this was first published in the fall/winter 2014/5 issue of The Islamic Monthly The recent dust-up


Editor’s Note: this was first published in the fall/winter 2014/5 issue of The Islamic Monthly The recent dust-up involving notorious “new atheist” Sam Harris and popular anti-religionist HBO comedian Bill Maher, on the one hand, and popular movie star Ben Affleck, on the other, has reopened debate that first came to the public fore in […]

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Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Return to the Authoritarian State

Much ink has been spilled since July 3, 2013 in response to the removal of President Mohammad Morsi from office at the h


Much ink has been spilled since July 3, 2013 in response to the removal of President Mohammad Morsi from office at the hands of the Egyptian military. There is no doubt that a huge portion of the Egyptian population had turned against their first elected president. On the other hand, there is no doubt that […]

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Has the Time Finally Come for Immigration Reform?

United States President Obama, fresh from his victory over Mitt Romney, has made clear his determination to push through


United States President Obama, fresh from his victory over Mitt Romney, has made clear his determination to push through legislation that has been characterized as seeking a substantial overhaul of the US immigration system.  This, however, is a mischaracterization of the proposed legislation, which instead of seeking a comprehensive overhaul of US immigration policies, seeks […]

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Islam: Theory and Practice

Muslims, when confronted with instances of disorder, backwardness and even violence, often reply that these actions are


Muslims, when confronted with instances of disorder, backwardness and even violence, often reply that these actions are not representative of Islam, but of individual Muslims who have failed to abide by authentic Islamic teachings.  While making a distinction between Islam as a system of belief and practices and the actions of individual Muslims seems a […]

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Religion and the Arab Spring: Between opposition, equivocation and liberation

Mohamed bouazizi, an unlicensed fruit vendor living in Sidi Bouzid, a provincial town in Tunisia, set himself ablaze Dec


Mohamed bouazizi, an unlicensed fruit vendor living in Sidi Bouzid, a provincial town in Tunisia, set himself ablaze Dec. 17, 2010 in protest of a local police officer’s decision to confiscate his fruit cart. What might have been relegated to a mere personal or family tragedy, however, became a catalyst that quickly led to the […]

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Muslim Citizenship in the Context of the “War on Terrorism”

Cooperate in Furtherance of Righteousness and Godliness, not in Sin and Aggression: The year 2010 may very well go down


Cooperate in Furtherance of Righteousness and Godliness, not in Sin and Aggression: The year 2010 may very well go down as a watershed for Muslims in liberal democracies: Major Nidal Hasan’s shooting of fellow soldiers, which killed 12 and wounded scores of others; Faisal Shahzad’s failed attempt to explode a car bomb in New York’s […]