Qudsia Mirza University of East London

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Qudsia Mirza University of East London

Qudsia Mirza University of East London

Qudsia Mirza is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of East London and works in the areas of Islamic Law, Discrimination Law, Critical Race Theory and Feminist Legal Theory. Her current research focusses primarily on feminist perspectives of Islamic legal theory – investigating the relationship between theoretical developments taking place in Islamic scriptural exegesis and the impact this has on the creation of gendered legal rights, and she has published extensively in this area. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain in 2003, where her work centred on her other current area of research: legal puralism and the operation of state and Islamic laws in the British and wider European context. She was also the Kate Stoneman Visiting Professor of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School, US in 2004. She has just returned from a research fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 where she began work on a British Academy-funded project on the notion of gender equality in Islamic Law. She has been invited to be the Frances Lewis Scholar-in-Residence, School of Law, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, USA in January 2008. Qudsia is a founding member of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, at the Law School. She is an Executive Committee member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and also sits on the Advisory Boards of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (Universities of Kent, Keele, Westminster) and of the Divorce Regulation in a Multicultural Society: Implications for Law and Policy project at the Gender Institute, LSE. She is also a member of the editorial board of two journals: Social and Legal Studies and the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. She has just completed editing a book entitled Islamic Feminism and the Law, (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007). Before becoming an academic, she qualified as a solicitor and at UEL teaches courses on International Human Rights Law, Discrimination Law, and Constitutional Law. Legal Pluralities: Shari’a, English Law, and Gender in Islamic Feminism and the Law (ed) Qudsia Mirza (London: Routledge-Cavendish, forthcoming, 2007) Qudsia Mirza Phone: +61 3 8344 6164