Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Lecture Series (2019-2020)

Art and architecture are expressions of the material culture of the Middle East and Islamic world. They speak volumes about the policies of caliphs (or other local rulers), economics, and laws in Islamic societies historically and today. Those who study them show how. Check out the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture lecture series for … Continue reading Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Lecture Series (2019-2020)

Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

On Apr 16, Marzieh Tofighi Darian gave a talk on "Judicial Review in Iran: Whose Guardian: Constitution or Sharia?" in which she examined the role of Iran's Guardian Council in evaluating claims of sharīʿa compatibility and constitutional violations. She detailed the Guardian Council’s place in Iran’s constitutional design and the controversies that arise with Parliament … Continue reading Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

During the 2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium on Monday, April 1st, basketball legend and civil rights advocate Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will share his thoughts and experiences advocating for social justice in the United States. (In the 1990s, Mr. Abdul-Rauf sparked controversy for refusing to stand for the national anthem, and calling the US flag a symbol … Continue reading Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School Fellowship Applications

Formerly under the rubric of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, we now announce a revamped Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and the opening of applications for Visiting and Senior Fellowships. Applications are due Feb 1, 2019. Please direct questions to shariasource@law.harvard.edu. Apply to the Visiting Fellowship. Apply to the Senior Fellowship.

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts

Dr. Nahed Samour, currently an Early Career Fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study, presented her current work on the professionalization of judges in early Islamic courts at SHARIAsource's first lunch talk of the academic year. Using Western theories of professionalizatition, Samour is assessing how jurists in early Islamic court established power and authority. The … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts

Celebrating Aron Zysow’s Scholarship

Aron Zysow (Harvard JD & PhD, 1984), the eminent scholar of Islamic law and theology, turns 70 this year. To celebrate his intellectual generosity and his immense contributions to Islamic studies, a group of his long-time friends gathered at Harvard Law School on May 6 for a one-day symposium on a topic close to Aron's … Continue reading Celebrating Aron Zysow’s Scholarship

The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

On April 25th, SHARIAsource Fellow, Dr. Sohaira Siddiqui, at the Islamic Legal Studies Program used the 1881 case of Fidayat ul-Nissa and others  v. Muhammad Ismail Khan (India) to frame her discussion of the creation of Anglo-Muhammadan law. Like the other five cases that she has researched during her fellowship this year, this case  demonstrates the complexity of … Continue reading The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and His Neglected Views on Islamic Law

  Islamic Legal Studies Program SHARIAsource / Fulbright Fellow Dr. Mubasher Hussain introduced the work of Shah Waliullah Dehlavi to the Harvard community on 17 April 2017. Hussain discussed Shah Waliullah often-overlooked thoughts on Islamic jurisprudence, focusing on the ways in which he differentiated between scholars of Islamic law labeled “first rank independent muftis” and … Continue reading Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and His Neglected Views on Islamic Law