Faisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the international LL.M. Program at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana and an adjunct professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. He co-founded the Toronto-based law firm KSM Law. He has spoken and written extensively on national security, Islamic law, legal pluralism, religion and law, and human rights. He has been selected for inclusion in The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan for the past seven consecutive years. He is a regular columnist for the Pakistani daily, The Express Tribunehttp://tribune.com.pk/. His work also regularly appears in The Toronto Starhttps://www.thestar.com/ and the Middle East Eyehttp://www.middleeasteye.net/. His articles also have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Arab News, Indian Express, Al-Ahram Weekly, Jakarta Post, Jurist, Lawyers Weekly, Counterpunch, etc. Some of his academic pieces may be accessed at SSRN.

Entries by Faisal Kutty

Open Letter: Parents Deserve Clarity On Alleged Racism At York Region Schools

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2016 | 3:33 PM

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Education Minister Mitzie Hunter. (Photo: Nakita Krucker/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Honourable Mitzie Hunter
Minister of Education

Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris
Associate Minister of Education

Dear Honourable Ministers:

We write with respect to the saga at the...

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Islamophobia Petition Will Not Make It A Hate Crime In Canada

(155) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Over the last few weeks I have received at least three dozen emails, Facebook messages, phone calls and even personal visits from people to help promote a petition which states in part:

"We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join...

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Lawyer Dennis Edney Receives The Max Gala/KSM Law Friend Of The Muslim Community Award

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 3:41 PM


On March 24th, Canada's Muslim community held its first ever awards gala to recognize the professional, educational and charitable achievements of Muslims in Canada. The inaugural Max Gala celebration showcased the immense talent and positive energy in this growing,...

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Canada's Secretive No-Fly List Is Only Getting Worse

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 1:35 PM

In the wake of the high-profile story of a six-year-old, Syed Adam Ahmed, caught in Canada's no-fly web in late December, similar stories of 21 other children -- ages six months to 17 years -- have come forward. The details are contained in a letter sent...

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Question Mark Zuckerberg's Motives But Don't Judge His Charity

(9) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 12:05 PM

The moment I tweeted and shared the story about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announcing to give away 99 per cent of their fortune, people started turning every stone to discover faults, potential tax savings, or other ulterior motives.

Contrary to the old adage of never looking a...

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Five Truths You Should Know About Terrorism And Islam

(65) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:38 PM

In less than 24 hours, ISIS took responsibility for terror in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris. Understandably, social media quickly lit up as people sympathized (mostly with the French), pontificated and pointed fingers. As the dust settles it's important not to lose sight of the following:

1) Muslims have...

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The Kim Davis Debacle Exposes the Limits of Religious Liberty

(85) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Recently, a county clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, claimed that her "conscience will not allow" her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because "God's moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties." In late August, a Calgary a bus driver named Jesse Rau refused...

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How Harper Sows Fear of Muslims in Pursuit of Votes

(64) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:25 AM

The past year has been a very active one for the anti-Islam industry in Canada. Leading the charge is none other than Prime Minister Stephen Harper who -- in gearing up to the elections in October 2015 -- has been stoking Islamophobia by pandering to public...

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The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

(27) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:28 PM

"Have your children tested for STDs," said a Muslim family doctor during a health session at a Toronto mosque a few years ago. Her message was that unbeknownst to the audience, many of their children were sexually active from an early age.

Some parents just don't want to hear any...

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I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

(71) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Dear Senators:

My name is Faisal Kutty. I am a lawyer, law professor, public speaker and writer. I write in response to testimony to your distinguished Committee on February 23, 2015 by a fear monger well-versed in McCarthyism, Mr. Marc Lebuis.

In my opinion, Mr. Lebuis and Pointe de Bascule hold...

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Black History Month Does Not Erase a History of Racism

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:56 AM

"This is a very racist society," says Professor Noam Chomsky commenting in the wake of Ferguson protests late last year. The noted public intellectual then traced the history of anti-black racism in America. Immediately after the abolition of slavery, he said the country witnessed the criminalization of black...

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The Movement To Ban Religious Law is Racist and Bigoted

(115) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:42 PM

It all began in 2003 in the most unlikeliest of places: Ontario. When a Muslim group sought to offer Islamic arbitration and mediation services to the community, nobody imagined that it would trigger a wave of anti-Muslim hysteria. After initially defending the right of Muslims to do what...

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Getting Rid of Tenure Won't Fix Our Post-Secondary Problems

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Last month Toronto Star columnist Richard Gwyn wrote a critical piece on University teaching. The thrust of his argument was that the system needed a major overhaul. Gwyn argued that professors at Canadian universities don't teach much, are highly paid, and are protected by the outmoded tenure system....

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Law School Grad? You're Going to Need These Job Interview Tips

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM

A fresh batch of more than 48,000 law graduates have hit the job market in North America. This includes dozens of my own students from Valparaiso University Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. As a former managing partner of a small law...

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Why Blasphemy Laws Are Actually Anti-Islamic

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:48 PM

"Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."...

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Why Gay Marriage May Not Be Contrary To Islam

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Can Muslims accept same-sex marriages?

This has been a thorny question since the first jurisdictions began legalizing same-sex marriage. It took on a new urgency in the wake of the Defense of Marriage Act ruling from the US Supreme Court last June. Now, the heat is...

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