Name: Dr. Aayesha Rafiq
Designation: Associate Professor
Department: Islamic Studies
Qualification: Ph. D Dissertation Title, 'Western Scholarship on Origins of Islamic Law; An Analytical and Critical Study'
National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan. (2014)
M. Phil
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
L.L.B. & Shariah
International Islamic University, Islamabad
Phone: +92-51-9292900 (2121)
Email: [email protected]
Status: On Job
Dr. Aayesha Rafiq

Professional Experience

January 2008 - Todate
Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
Assistant Professor/ Head of departmet

2004 - Nov 2008
Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
Lecturer/ Incharge

March 2011- September 2011
University of California, Los Angeles
Research Scholar

April 2001- September 2002
Barani Institute of Information Technology

November 2013- to date
Barani Institute of Information Technology


  1. Founding member, Soroptomist Ghandhara, welfare organization for Women.
  2. Fellowship award from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for placement as short term scholar at UCLA
  3. Visiting scholar award from IIUI and William and Mary College, Virginia.
  4. Merit scholarship from IIUI for the year 1986-87.
  5. Member Academic Council FJWU.
  6. Member Board of Studies, Islamic Studies, FJWU.
  7. Member Committee for Revision of Curriculum (Islamic Studies) , appointed by Chancellor/ Governor Punjab (Lt Gen. Kahlid Maqbool).
  8. Regular participant of meetings for ‘Women and Legislation’ at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad.
  9. Participated in meetings, for ‘Advancing Justice for Women in South Asia’ a project of Asia Foundation and IIUI.
  10. Participated in meetings held at Council of Islamic Ideology, Pakistan
  11. Organized Lecture on Women and Islam by Prof. Tamara Sonn ( scholar from USA) at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Collaboration with United States Educational Foundation, Pakistan in 2007 and in 2014.
  12. Organized lecture on Status of Women in Islam by Imam Yahya Hendi (religious scholar from USA) in collaboration with US Embassy.
  13. Prepared, presented and obtained conceptual approval and funding from the Governor Punjab (Lt. General Khalid Maqbool) for the project ‘Strengthening and Up gradation of Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Learning’ at FJWU.


  1. Planning seminar on ‘Human Rights and Islam’ in collaboration with Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights in Fall 2015
  2. Planning seminar on ‘Personal Laws of Religious minorities living in Pakistan: Theology and Law’ in collaboration with Federal Judicial Academy in Fall, 2015.
  3. Organized seminar on ‘Islamic Banking and Finance’ at FJWU in Spring, 2015
  4. Invited by Georgetown University, Washington D. C. and William and Mary College, Virginia for participation in Winter Institute and to interact with leading US scholars of Islamic History and Islamic Law, attend their lectures and had interactive sessions with them. (January 2014).
  5. Interactive sessions with Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), at their head office in Washington D.C. In January 2014.
  6. Interactive session and attended lectures by Muslim Scholars at International Institute of Islamic Thought, IIIT, head office at Washington D.C. in January 2014.
  7. Attended International seminar on ‘Advocacy and Explanation in Context of Islamic History’ chaired by Prof.  John Voll, Professor Tamara Sonn and delegated of US State department at Georgetown University, CCAS Conference Room, Intercultural Center, on January 8, 2014.
  8. Attended lecture by leading and Influential Scholar of USA Prof. John Esposito on ‘God in Politics; Rise of Political Islam and Contemporary Islamic Movements’ at Georgetown University, on January 9, 2014
  9. Attended a presentation and discussion by Professor Yvonne Haddad on ‘Islam in North America’ at Berkley Center for Interfaith Harmony in Washington D.C. on January 10, 2014.
  10. Attended a seminar on ‘Teaching Hadith Studies’ chaired by leading scholar of Hadith, Professor Jonathan Brown at Inter cultural Center, Georgetown University, Washington D. C on January 10, 2014.
  11. Attended seminar on ‘Teaching Quranic Studies’ chaired by Dr. Tahira Qutbuddin and Dr. Mumtaz at College of William & Mary, Virginia on January 12, 2014.
  12. Attended seminar on ‘Global Islam’ Chaired by Dr. Peter Mandaville,  Prof. Tamara Sonn and Prof. Mumtaz at William and Mary , Virginia on January 13, 2014.
  13. Attended lecture and interactive discussion by Dr. Christien Warren on ‘Teaching Islamic Law” at William and Mary Law School. Attended and participated in a class on Islamic Law on January 14, 2014.
  14. Attended a lecture by Dr. Charles Butterworth, ‘Teaching about Islamic Philosophy’ at College of William & Mary on Jan 16, 2014.
  15. Attended workshop on ‘Teaching about Sufism’by Dr. Omid Safi on Jan. 17 at College of William & Mary Tucker Bldg.
  16. Attended lecture by Dr Ibrahim Moosa on Contemporary Intellectual Movements on Jan. 18 at College of William & Mary Reves Room.
  17. Attended seminar on ‘Western and American Scholarship on Islam’ at International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Washington D.C head office. The session was chaired by leading Muslim scholars based in United States on January 15, 2014.  
  18. Attended talk on ‘U.S. and Pakistani Laws on Protection of Minorities & Human Rights’ arranged by Director Institute of Law and Human Rights in Virginia on January 15, 2014.
  19. Attended International Conference on “Grassroots & Community Initiatives towards Rebuilding U.S-Pakistan Relationship” organized by IRD & Intersections International New York on March 11-14, 2014 
  20. Attended follow up session of Winter Institute from May 17-19, 2014 organized by the Embassy of Public Affairs, United States of America at Faisal Masjid Campus, International University Islamabad.
  21. Attended  workshop on ‘ An Introduction to publishing Journal Articles’ by Netta Aviniri ,Applied Linguistics and Allison Crumly, Comparative Literature. At University of California, Los Angeles in May 2011.
  22. Attended series of lectures by Professor Khalid Abou el Fadl titled ‘Shariah Watch’ at University of California, Los Angeles, Law School in April 2011.
  23. Attended workshop on Dynamic Learning and Management Skills organized by Learning Innovation Division of HEC. (2009).
  24. Attended workshop on Higher Education Quality Management. Organized by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Quality Enhancement Cell of Fatima Jinnah Women University (2008).