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Liaquat Ali Khan
Liaquat Ali Khan initially trained as a civil engineer. He later switched to law, obtaining a law degree from Punjab University, Lahore. In 1976, Khan immigrated to the United States and studied law at New York University School of Law where he received his LL.M. and J.S.D. Khan is a member of the New York Bar.

In 2014, Khan founded Legal Scholar Academy to provide impact analysis of U.S. foreign policy pertaining to Muslim nations and communities.

Khan has authored several books, including The Extinction of Nation-States (1996), A Theory of Universal Democracy (2003), A Theory of International Terrorism (2006), and Contemporary Ijtihad: Limits and Controversies (2011). Over the years, he has written numerous law review articles and essays on Islamic law, international law, commercial law, creative writing, legal humor, jurisprudence, the U.S. Constitution, comparative constitutional law, human rights, and foreign policy. His academic writings are used as part of course materials in universities across the world.

Khan has devoted much of his academic scholarship to Islamic law and conflicts involving Muslim communities. Khan has participated in Islamic law symposia held at the law schools of Samford University, University of St. Thomas, Barry University, Michigan State University, and Brigham Young University—contributing ground-breaking articles on Islamic jurisprudence. In addition to law articles and academic books, Khan also writes for the popular press in the United States, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. His legal and foreign affairs commentaries are published worldwide and international media, including BBC, Press TV, NPR, and leading newspapers, seek his comments on world events.

Khan's writings are cited in various Wikipedia entries, including Sharia, Islamic democracy, nation-state, definitions of terrorism, and manual labor.

In Spring 2007, Khan was a resident legal scholar with the Organization of Islamic Conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Entries by Liaquat Ali Khan

Asif Ali Zardari: Pakistan's Political Patriarch

(11) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:35 PM

Suffering from the lingering image of a money-laundering husband of a world-famous political icon, Benazir Bhutto, former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is fast emerging as an intellectual patriarch of Pakistani politics. In a country where politicians are crude and petty, Zardari comes across as a statesman with a...

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Bright Orange Jumpsuit -- An Emblem of Cruelty

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:49 AM


The Islamic State (ISIS) released a video showing the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, dressed in an orange jumpsuit standing in a see-through cage. Later, the pilot was doused with petroleum and set on fire. The cruelty, surpassing all bounds of civilization, is nauseating.

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Militarization of Pakistan Constitution

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Nations do inane things under panic. Pakistan has chosen to amend its constitution to empower the armed forces to execute "religious terrorists" without due process and fundamental rights otherwise available under the criminal justice system in civilian courts. This extreme constitutional measure is taken in reaction to the December 16...

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Takfirization of Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:31 AM

Small-minded versions of Islam have fanaticized Pakistan - an antediluvian land with deep interfaith roots leavened with the teachings of Hindu Swamis, Buddhist Monks, Sikh Gurus, and Muslim Sufis - into a ghastly country. Stories are frightening. Few days ago, a native Christian couple, accused of desecrating the Qur'an, was...

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Pakistan's Bully Politics

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Pakistan's bully politics breeds political operators who use verbal insults and threats of physical violence to intimidate opponents. For a legion of cultural reasons, Pakistan encourages, protects, and even romanticizes bully politics. Educated, calm, and judicious politicians, with credible knowledge of statecraft, rarely rise to the top leadership of political...

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Islamabad Revolutionaries Misunderstand the Right to Protest in the United States

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Citing the right to protest in the United States, the agitation leaders, Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri, after staging a sit-in in Islamabad for more than two weeks, decided on Saturday night to storm the Prime Minister House and the National Parliament. The police, para-military, and military troops have...

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Pakistani Generals Will Defend the Constitution

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 5:02 AM

Discarding the historical logic of military coups, the Pakistan Army will this time defend the Constitution and not allow the protest leaders to force resignation of the Prime Minister and dissolution of the National Parliament and Provincial Assemblies.

By letting political forces sort themselves out, the Pakistan Army will...

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Pakistan's Mob Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Mob democracy is a violent form of direct democracy, periodically activated in Pakistan to confuse, frighten, and undermine representative governments established under the Pakistan Constitution.

These days, a mob led by a charismatic politician and a cult figure is marching toward the nation's capital, Islamabad, to demand that the Prime...

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May Musharraf Escape Treason?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Pakistani politicians are faltering in their resolve to prosecute General Pervez Musharraf for high treason. Under Article 6 of the Pakistan constitution, "any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution...

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Pakistan Needs Boring Democracy -- Not Mesmerizing Mutinies

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Pakistan is a nation full of mutineers who know little about governance, economic development, or international affairs. (I myself was a naïve revolutionary in my early 20s but came to the United States and thankfully lost the fervor after writing a doctoral dissertation on revolutions.) In hot summer months, when...

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Universal Mating: The Fusion of Races

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Universal mating is interweaving a bold new humanity of countless features and complexions. This trend, most powerful in the United States, is not the culmination of the 1960s hippie movement but captures the ever-present human will to mate and produce children across racial, ethnic, color, and geographical barriers. Despite the...

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A Quantum Leap Toward Universal Spirituality

(7) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Humanity is taking a quantum leap beyond the religions of the world. Emerging from this quantum leap is a universal spirituality (USP) that removes ideological, gnostic, denominational, and sectarian borders within and across religions. Universal spirituality does not nullify the teachings of any religion, nor does it denigrate any faith...

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Bangladesh -- Toxic Factionalism and Constitutional Confusions

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Bangladesh, the eighth most populated country in the world, is seething with political factionalism and constitutional confusions. Let me first note, however, that, despite ceaseless political turmoil, Bangladesh has secured significant economic growth since its independence in 1971 from Pakistan. The people of Bangladesh are entrepreneurial by temperament. They thrive...

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Deleting Creative Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 9:57 AM


Marti went to discover a part of the cosmos that hasn't been seen before. She was a photographer. She had a real camera and a tripod. She took hundreds of pictures -- some she thought were gorgeous, some showing minutest details, some broad shots of the rainbow, some ugly.

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Understanding Pakistani Geopolitics

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Pakistan continually draws world attention. The Taliban, Osama bin Laden, Malala Yousafzai, the ban on NATO supplies for nearly six months, armed Pakistanis invading Mumbai, the Sufi songs of Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, the Burka Avenger, Ms. Marvel, these and other stories offer a perplexing picture...

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Georgia -- A Wounded Nation Seeking Self-Definition

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM

In my recent visit to Georgia, I learned a local folktale: After God has distributed the entire earth to various nations and tribes, the Georgians, waking up late after nocturnal drinking, supplicated God for their portion of the earth. Having nothing left to give, God bestowed on the Georgians a...

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The Crude Exuberance of Pakistani Talk Shows

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 10:59 AM

For several months, I have been watching Pakistani talk shows, including Capital Talk, Kal Tak, Islamabad Tonight, and Tonight with Moeed Pirzada. These and other talk shows invite ministers, politicians, journalists, and sometimes experts to discuss national matters concerning foreign policy, domestic...

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Pakistan Must Cultivate Respect for Public Property

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Pakistanis are one of the most generous peoples of the world and many go out of their way to share what little they have with relatives, friends, and even strangers. Miserliness is culturally reproached as it is condemned in their religion. Despite these noteworthy qualities, Pakistanis have little respect for...

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Prosecuting General Musharraf Is Not Selective Justice

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 10:42 AM

General Pervez Musharraf's lawyers argue that Musharraf was not alone in suspending the Pakistan Constitution on November 3, 2007 because he consulted with "the Prime Minister, Governors of all four Provinces, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chiefs of the Armed Forces, Vice-Chief of Army Staff and Corps...

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General Musharraf Must Face Justice

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 10:45 AM

General Pervez Musharraf, who has returned to Pakistan from self-exile, must face justice. He must be prosecuted for his serial criminality, including subversion of the constitution. The courts should deny him bail, disqualify him from contesting general elections scheduled in May, and bring the full weight of the constitution and...

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