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California Western Professor Tabrez Ebrahim Develops a Rich Vein of Scholarship Around Patents Within Islamic Law

Tabrez Ebrahim

July 2020, California Western Professor Tabrez Ebrahim was awarded a Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship Research Grant from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School to research and write about the Islamic view of patents.

A year later, his Georgia State University Law Review article, Intellectual Property Through a Non-Western Lens: Patents in Islamic Law, was published and set the groundwork for how patents in Islamic legal systems should be understood.

September 2021, Professor Ebrahim’s overview article, Is a Patent a Valid Legal Right Within Islamic Law?, was published in The Muslim Legal Journal, a publication of The National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML).

Subsequently, he moderated a panel discussion at the October 30 International Law Weekend. The panel, Commerce & Economics in Islamic Social Contexts: Past, Present & Future, discussed how commerce and economics have been framed and viewed in different Islamic social contexts.

Professor Ebrahim’s deep insights into the relationship between patents and Islamic law continue to make him a much-in-demand scholar on this subject. November 3, PatentlyO, a leading patent law source, published his guest post, Patents in Islamic Law, where he offered a synopsis of his work examining patents in Islamic law.

Rounding off a busy year for Professor Ebrahim, he has been invited to speak on the Intersections of Islamic Law and Intellectual Property Law at the upcoming NAML Virtual Annual Conference, November 19. A panel will then discuss the evolving state of IP law and its relevance to the Muslim community.

“My research provides a new and fresh perspective to western societies, which could benefit from an Islamic vision that gives attention to both the material world and to equitable aspects of society’s well-being,” says Professor Ebrahim.