Jalal Moughania

Jalal Moughania


Jalal Moughania

  • Biography

    Jalal Moughania is an international lawyer, author, and lecturer with an interdisciplinary focus on building bridges of understanding across the fields of law, business, faith and culture.

    Moughania’s legal and business experience has spanned Big Law in Michigan, think tanks in Washington, and startups across North America and the Middle East. He has serviced clients in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and emerging companies, and global services. Moughania currently serves as CCO and Principal Attorney of ATLAW. In his role, he leads the firm’s corporate practice serving a diverse range of business clients nationally and globally. In much of his work, he has serviced clients with ‘Sharia-friendly’ and ‘Sharia-compliant’ requirements for their business ventures and legal planning (in observance of Islamic law). Over the course of his career, Moughania has consulted and worked with scholars and jurists of the Islamic seminary to meet his clients' needs and to enrich his own understanding of Islam.

    In his study of Islam, Moughania has both translated and authored several original works of Islamic law, history and society. These works of ‘self-understanding’ have been produced with an intentional focus on providing accessibility to the native English-reader into Islamic thought and Muslim paradigms. Some of Moughania’s translated works include Grand Ayatollah M.S. Al-Hakeem’s “The Marjaeya: A Candid Conversation” (2018) exploring the role of jurists in Shi’a Islam, as well as Ayatollah M.M. Chamseddine’s “The Course of History: A Study in the Peak of Eloquence” (2016). These translation projects undergo thorough vetting processes supervised by the authors of these original works, most of whom are leading jurists and scholars of the Islamic seminaries of the Holy Cities of Najaf and Qom.

    Moughania has authored two historical narratives on the lives of the Prophet Muhammad’s family members, exploring essential experiences and historical highlights from the founding period of Islam. The books are “Ali: The Elixir of Love,” (2021) and “Husayn: The Saga of Hope” (2022), the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law and grandson, respectively. A third book in this series titled, “Fatima: The Flower of Life,” (forthcoming 2023) examining the life of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter.

    Moughania is also the co-author of “The Pope Meets the Ayatollah: An Introduction to Shi’a Islam” (2021), a book that highlighted the historic visit of Pope Francis to Iraq in March 2021, and provided a deeper look into the legal, historical and social dimensions of Shi’a Islam (arguably the central point of interest for the papal visit to the Middle Eastern nation) from a contemporary lens. This book was endorsed with a foreword by Ayatollah Muneer al-Khabbaz, a leading jurist of the Islamic seminary and a representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani.

    Moughania serves on the Board of Directors of the Mainstay Foundation – an NGO dedicated to education, innovation, and development for communities across North America, Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East.

    Moughania holds a juris doctorate from the University of Toledo and certificates in Economic Development and Public Policy from the University of Oxford and Harvard University, respectively.


  • Courses taught by Jalal Moughania

    Fall Term 2023