Khaled Abou El Fadl is an accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar; he is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, immigration, human rights, and international and national security law. El Fadl previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School and Princeton University. A strong proponent of human rights, El Fadl serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush as a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. El Fadl regularly provides expert testimony in a wide variety of cases ranging from human rights and political asylum to terrorism, national security, and international and commercial law. As the most critical and powerful voice against puritan and Wahhabi Islam today, he regularly appears on national and international television and radio including CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, and Voice of America (broadcast throughout the Middle East). He is the author of seven books and over fifty articles on Islamic law and Islam. His recent books include: Islam and the Challenge of Democracy (2004); The Place of Tolerance in Islam (2002); Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam (2001); And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses (2001); Speaking in God's Name: Islamic law, Authority and Women (2001); and Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law (2001).