Professor of Law
B.A., Harvard College
M.A., St. Vincent de Paul Seminary
J.D., University of Pennsylvania
S.J.D., Harvard Law School
Professor Makdisi has written extensively on American and Islamic property law. His books include:
- ESTATES IN LAND AND FUTURE INTERESTS (6th ed. Aspen Publishers 2014 with Daniel B. Bogart);
- INSIDE PROPERTY LAW: WHAT MATTERS AND WHY (Aspen 2009 with Daniel B. Bogart);
- INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF LAW (3d ed. LexisNexis 2009 with Michael Makdisi);
- FLORIDA PROPERTY LAW: II. CONVEYANCING AND GOVERNMENTAL CONTROLS (Carolina Academic Press 2007);
- FLORIDA PROPERTY LAW: I. POSSESSION, ESTATES, AND TENANCY (Carolina Academic Press 2006)
- ISLAMIC PROPERTY LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS FOR COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS WITH THE COMMON LAW (Carolina Academic Press 2005).
Among several articles, his article on The Islamic Origins of the Common Law, 77 N. CAR. L. REV. 1635 (1999), offers a new theory for connections between Islam and the West.
From 1981-1991, Professor Makdisi was a faculty member at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he also served as Associate Dean from 1988-91. He served as Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law from 1991-1994, returned to faculty from 1994-96, and then became Dean at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law from 1996-1999. From 1999-2003, Professor Makdisi served as Dean of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, as well as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2000-2001. In 2003, he returned to faculty where he is now a Professor of Law and teaches Property, Natural Law, and Evidence.