Dr. Abbasi teaches Islamic Jurisprudence, Muslim Personal Law and an elective course on Comparative Corporate Law and Governance at Lahore University of Management Services.
Dr. Abbasi is currently exploring the legal process of the ‘judicial Islamization’ 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 specializing in corporate governance from Manchester University and an LL.B (Hons) specializing in Sharia & Law from International Islamic University Islamabad. He practiced as a commercial and corporate lawyer in Islamabad for several years before joining academia. Dr. Abbasi has published in the areas of corporate legal theory, classical Islamic law, Indian legal history, law and finance, and law and development.
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 in this process. He conducted a case study of the developments in Islamic waqf law under the British legal system by analyzing the jurisprudence developed in the judgments of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and various Indian High Courts. His research revealed the crucial role played by Muslim lawyers, judges, ‘ulama’, and politicians in the formation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law (later called Muslim Personal Law). It showed how they simultaneously negotiated and collaborated with, and resisted the colonial administrators in the making and operation of the new Indian legal system.
- Reasserting the Authority of State: Comment on Asia Bibi v The State
- Commentary: The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Islamic Endowments (Awqāf)
- In Response to the Indian Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Triple Ṭalāq: A Legislative Proposal
- Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan on Surrogacy: From Judicial Islamization of Laws to Judicial Legislation
- Women’s Right to Divorce under Islamic Law in Pakistan and India
- The Long Shadow of England’s Privy Council Cast on the Islamic Law of Trusts in British India
- The Program in Islamic Law is Hiring
- Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Apr 8
- Recent Scholarship: Abbasi on Islamic Divorce Law
- In the News: Triple Ṭalāq Criminalized in India
- FEATURE :: Roundtable on Pakistan’s Landmark Blasphemy Case: Asia Bibi v. The State (2018)
- Recent Scholarship: Cheema and Abbasi on Islamic Family Law in Pakistan
- Round-up on Triple Ṭalāq