Curriculum Vitae – Gabriel Sawma


Gabriel Sawma-Lecture

Prof. Sawma lecturing at FDU


Professor: Middle East Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Lawyer with Middle East Background; Graduated in 1970 from the Lebanese University, school of law.

Admitted to the Lebanese Bar Association of Beirut, 1970.

Practiced law in Beirut at the law firm of Rizkallah & Farah (1970-75).

Nominated to be a judge in Lebanon,   Lebanese Judicial Studies, (1975).

Supervised contracts in Europe and the Middle East. (1976-77).

Travelled extensively to the Middle East (1968-77).

Worked in Saudi Arabia, (1968-1970).

Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University

285 Madison Avenue,

Madison, NJ 07940-1099.

Taught the following courses:

  • Arabic 1001.
  • Arabic 1002.
  • Arab Culture and Civilization.
  • Arab-Islamic Culture and Civilization.
  • Near East as Source of Western Culture.
  • Middle East Constitutional Law – comparative law, including Islamic law of marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance.

Course taught at the University of Liverpool:

  • Islamic Finance, 2010

Course taught at Mercer Community College, West Windsor, New Jersey, Fall 2011.

  • Arabic 101

Courses taught at Princeton Adult School, Princeton, New Jersey

 Arabic 101.

Arabic 102.

Arab Culture and Civilization.

Lecturer on Islamic Shari’a and its sources. See my lecture at Fairleigh Dickinson University to students and faculty:

Expert Consultant on Muslim family and Middle East law, Central Asia, and India. My knowledge of Islamic law of marriage, divorce, custody of children and inheritance does not come from just reading books in the Arabic language. My knowledge comes from studying and practicing law in the Middle East with extensive travels to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria in addition to Lebanon where I was born and raised.

Expert Consultant of Islamic divorce in USA, see our website at:

Featured on the BBC as, “Expert Consultant on Islamic divorce in USA.” The interview is posted on BBC’s website:

Featured on CNN as “Professor and Expert Consultant on Islamic sharia law.” The interview is posted on CNN’s website:

Editor in chief of a blog on International Law, mainly Islamic law of marriage, divorce and custody of children:

Author of dozens of articles dealing with Islamic divorce in USA and on International Law: Most of these articles can be found on our website at, 

Following is a partial list of my articles on Islamic and Hindu Divorces:[1]

  • Iraqi Islamic Divorce in U.S. Courtsm
  • Yemeni Divorce and U.S. Immigration
  • Palestinian Islamic Divorce of West Bank in USA
  • Egyptian Divorce and US Immigration
  • Saudi Divorce in USA
  • Saudi Divorce and U.S. Immigration
  • Saudi Arabian Child Custody Cases in USA
  • Pakistani Divorce and U.S. Immigration
  • Muslim Divorce in Tunisia
  • Muslim Divorce in Bangladesh
  • Marriage of Minors in Islam
  • The Iddat of a Woman in Islam
  • Muslim Men Marrying Non-Muslim Women
  • The Law of Marriage and Divorce in the United Arab Emirates
  • Islamic Syrian Divorce in USA
  • Islamic Yemeni Divorce in USA
  • Islamic Jordanian Divorce in USA
  • Recognition of Hindu Divorces in New York State
  • Islamic Divorce in New York State
  • The Khul’ Divorce in Egypt
  • Islamic Women Divorce Laws in Egypt
  • Muslim Iranian Divorce in USA
  • Pakistani Islamic Divorce in U.S. Courts
  • Islamic Lebanese Divorce in USA
  • Islamic Marriage Over the Phone, an interview with BBC, (see above)
  • Islamic Sharia in Theory and Practice, a Lecture at FDU, (see above)
  • Divorce in Egypt, an interview with CNN, (see above)
  • Annulment of Islamic Marriages
  • The Wali (guardian) in Islamic Marriages According to Hanafi Jurisprudence
  • Islamic Marriage Contracts in the Hanafi Jurisprudence
  • The Jihaz in Islamic Marriages
  • The Nafaqa in Islamic Marriage
  • The Mahr in Islamic Marriage Contracts
  • Indian Divorce in US Courts
  • Application of Islamic Sharia in US Courts

Partial List of my Articles on International Law:[2]

  • Do Sanctions on Iran Work?
  • The Shebaa Farms Under International Law
  • The Scope and Nature of Immunity from Jurisdiction for Heads of State Under International Law
  • The Nigerian Scam and its Impact on Global Economy
  • Public International Law and Organizations
  • Limitations on the Effectiveness of Trademark Laws in the EU

LANGUAGES: Speak, read and write: Arabic, English and French in addition to few other languages spoken in the Middle East.


1.     Admitted to the Lebanese Bar Association of Beirut since 1970

2.     Former Associate Member of the New York Bar Association, 1982

3.     Former Associate Member of the American Bar Association, 2003


Tel. (609) 915-2237






[1] These articles are published and can be accessed on the following link:



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