Dr. Zubair Abbasi completed his doctorate from the Faculty of Law, Oxford University. The focus of his doctoral thesis was on the transplantation of English legal system in colonial India and the interaction between Islamic law (Fiqh) and English law. Dr. Abbasi is currently exploring the legal process of the ‘judicial Islamisation’ of laws in Pakistan in the historical context of the convergence of the principles of Islamic law and English law in colonial India. He is also examining the relationship between Sharia and the modern state in the larger context of the scholarship that explores the relationship between different legal systems and their impact on economic and political development of a country.

Dr. Abbasi is interested in comparative commercial and organizational law and its impact on economic and political developments in the developing world, especially in South Asia and the Middle East. He holds an LL.M Corporate Governance, Manchester University and LL.B (Hons) Sharia & Law, International Islamic University Islamabad. He practiced as a commercial and corporate lawyer in Islamabad for several years before joining academia.


  • The Contribution of the Judiciary in the Application and Development of Islamic Jurisprudence in Pakistan
  • The Role of Judiciary in Protection of Women’s Rights: A Case Study of Divorce Law (Khul‘)
  • Islamic Law in its implementation in Asia and the Middle-East


  • Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair, Sharia and State Law: Relevance of Islamic Legal History for the Application of Muslim Family Law in the West, Journal of Law, Religion and State, 2(3) 2015, 124-38
  • Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair, Islamic Law and Social Change: An Insight into the Making of Anglo-Muhammadan Law, (Oxford) Journal of Islamic Studies, 3 (25) 2014, 263-297
  • Abbasi, M. Z. (2014). Shari'a and State Law. Journal of Law, Religion and State, 3(2), 124-138
  • Abbasi, Muhammad Zubair, Colonial State and Muslim Institutions: History of    Regulatory Framework for Awqaf (Religious Endowments) in British India in Brown, Rajeswary Ampalavanar and Pierce, Justin, Charities in the Non-Western World: The Development and Regulation of Indigenous and Islamic Charities (2013 Routledge) 310-32
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Assistant Professor, SAHSOL