Recap on Islamic Law at the 2019 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting

The Islamic Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (ILS-CRN) met at this year’s Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Professors Intisar Rabb (Harvard) and Tamir Moustafa (Simon Fraser). This year, over twenty people presented papers, author-meet-reader panels, or other presentations on Islamic law and society. Most also joined the business meeting to discuss exciting … Continue reading Recap on Islamic Law at the 2019 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting

Congratulations to the HLS Class of 2019!

The Program in Islamic Law offers hearty congratulations to the 801 JD, LLM, and SJD students who graduated from Harvard Law School on May 30 amidst a full slate of Commencement activities (see the Year in Pictures). The Program has been fortunate to have known and worked with many of these young scholars in various … Continue reading Congratulations to the HLS Class of 2019!

Former PIL Research Assistants Win Senior Thesis Awards

The Program in Islamic Law congratulates Anwar Omeish, winner of the 2019 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Prize for Best Undergraduate Thesis in Islamic Studies for her thesis, “Toward the Modern Revolution: Frantz Fanon, Secularity, and the Horizons of Political Possibility in Revolutionary Algeria.” PIL also congratulates Hannah Hess, who received honorable mention for her thesis, “Debating Misyār: Temporary Marriage in Contemporary Saudi … Continue reading Former PIL Research Assistants Win Senior Thesis Awards

Mariam Sheibani Named Hurst Fellow

We are excited to share that PIL Visiting Fellow Mariam Sheibani has been named a 2019 Hurst Fellow! The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies in conjunction with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired … Continue reading Mariam Sheibani Named Hurst Fellow

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

In the News: SHARIAsource Blog

The latest issue of Harvard Law Bulletin, which came out last week, included an article on “Law’s Influencers” featuring blogs led by HLS faculty. The piece features SHARIAsource Blog! Professor Intisar Rabb says that her desire to share diverse viewpoints was a key reason she launched SHARIAsource, a blog she describes as “a SCOTUSblog for … Continue reading In the News: SHARIAsource Blog

Islamic Law in “Plain English”

As a reminder, the SHARIAsource Portal contains helpful resources that explain various aspects of Islamic law in "plain English," including: Lexicon Ijtihād: the direct interpretation of scripture Ḥadīth: Prophetic traditions Scholarship Reviews Mohammad Fadel on the Function of the "Interest Ban" in Islamic Finance Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus.

On November 28th, Dr. Mariam Sheibani, current Visiting Fellow at ILSP: SHARIAsource, shared her research on the developments of the Shāfiʿī tradition in twelfth-century twelfth-century Ayyūbid Damascus. She focused on the rivalry between the leading Shāfiʿī authorities of Damascus, Taqī al-Dīn b. al-Ṣalāḥ (d. 1245) and ʿIzz al-Din b. ʿAbd al-Salām (d. 1262), using it as … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus.

Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

On October 22nd, Professor Will Smiley of the University of New Hampshire spoke to a group of twenty-three students, professors, and scholars on his new book From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book takes a look at the independent evolution of a recognizable … Continue reading Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program: Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop

On Friday, October 12th, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program hosted a workshop for Harvard's NELC graduate students and faculty on methods in Islamic studies. The workshop consisted of four sessions: Middle East and Islamic Library Resources, Islamic Studies & the Digital Humanities, Visual Tools for Islamic Studies, and Quest to Document Modern … Continue reading Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program: Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop