Noah Feldman

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Former adjunct senior fellow.

Professor of law at Harvard University. Author of After Jihad, What We Owe Iraq, and Divided by God. Former senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, released in April 2008.


Relationship between law and religion in both the Western and Middle Eastern context; Middle East politics; North Africa; Islamic constitutional thought.


Professor, Harvard Law School (2007-present); Professor, New York University School of Law (2001-2007); Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (2004-2005); Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School (2004-2005); Senior Adviser for Constitutional Law, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq (2003); Law Clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998-99); Law Clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997-98).


Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Corporation (2005).

Selected Publications:

Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press, 2004); After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003).

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In Defense of Secrecy

Author: Noah Feldman
New York Times Magazine

Noah Feldman discusses the need for a balance between secrecy and transparency in the U.S. government. He explains, "The effective operation of even the most democratic government requires secrecy and surprise as well as transparency and predictability."


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When Judges Make Foreign Policy

Author: Noah Feldman
The New York Times Magazine

Noah Feldman writes that "it is becoming increasingly clear that the defining constitutional problem for the present generation will be the nature of the relationship of the United States to what is somewhat optimistically called the international order."

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The New Pariahs?

Author: Noah Feldman
New York Times

Some degree of anti-immigrant sentiment can usually be found all over the world; but in Western Europe this sentiment is turning into something much more dangerous, says Noah Feldman.

See more in Europe; Immigration; Religion