PIL Fellowships 2020-2021 Announced! — Research + (new) Data Science Tracks

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School invites applications to its 2020-2021 Fellowship Program (due Jan. 31, 2020). Research Fellowships are designed to provide an intellectual home to promising young scholars in Islamic legal studies to advance their own research and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Program and the Harvard … Continue reading PIL Fellowships 2020-2021 Announced! — Research + (new) Data Science Tracks

In the News: The Challenge of Navigating Sharīʿa Financing for Education

Testimonies from Muslim students studying in the United Kingdom note the challenge of navigating sharīʿa financing with banks that are not sharīʿa-compliant. Metro UK reporter Faima Bakar writes, “the limitations put on borrowing can stop students from pursuing university altogether. Those who still choose to study via halal means, such as borrowing money from their … Continue reading In the News: The Challenge of Navigating Sharīʿa Financing for Education

Upcoming Book Talk: Islamic Criminal Law in Conversation with Kamali’s “Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England”

Join the Harvard Law School Library community and Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Professor of History, and Faculty Director, Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School, among other scholars, in a conversation around Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England (Cambridge Univ. Press, Oct. 31, 2019), a recent publication by Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Assistant Professor of Law … Continue reading Upcoming Book Talk: Islamic Criminal Law in Conversation with Kamali’s “Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England”

Dudziak Prize for Digital Legal History

Mary L. Dudziak Digital Legal History Prize, awarded for excellence in digital legal history.  The amount of the award is $250.  The deadline is September 1, 2019. The Dudziak Prize, named in honor of Mary L. Dudziak, a leading scholar of twentieth century U.S. legal history and international relations as well as a digital history pioneer, … Continue reading Dudziak Prize for Digital Legal History

Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Sohaira Siddiqui, Georgetown University Qatar, recently published "Navigating Colonial Power: Challenging Precedents and the Limitation of Local Elites" in Islamic Law and Society 26:3 (13 June 2019), 1-41. "In 1869, the British allowed Muslims to sit as judges on the High Court. This article explores the legal opinions of the first Muslim judge to be appointed to the High Court, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Job Opening: Program Administrator

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School seeks a temporary Program Administrator for 3 months+. Responsibilities include: coordinating operations as well as staff and students for ongoing web-based and print projects and events. Specific responsibilities include: Coordination of student workers, projects, events: Coordinating the hiring process of RAs; Coordinating RA work and following … Continue reading Job Opening: Program Administrator

The Islamic Festival of Sacrifice: A Temporal Difficulty?

There was a request for a preliminary ruling on Regulation No 1099/2009 by the Dutch-Language Court of First Instance in Brussels, Belgium, to the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice. This is standard procedure whereby a question is submitted for legal ruling from which a final decision will come next. An analysis of … Continue reading The Islamic Festival of Sacrifice: A Temporal Difficulty?

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

Aaron Spevack, SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow 2018-2019, spoke on his current research into legal patchworking (talfīq). He examined debates for and against this legal tool, its role in the creation of sharīʿa-compliant financial instruments within Islamic law, the potential individual harms it can inflict, along with the potential social good. The event was livetweeted and may … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 30th

SHARIAsource U.S. Editor Abed Awad was recently awarded the “Outstanding Scholar Award” by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association for his work on complex matrimonial cases and Islamic family law. In addition, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar David Powers recently wrote a book review of a new translation of the Qurʾān in Review of Qur’anic Research.

SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Wael Hallaq has written a new book: Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge. The book “reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism,” and “exposes the depth of academia’s lethal complicity in modern forms of capitalism, colonialism, and hegemonic power.” In addition, Senior Scholar Noah Feldman published an op-ed in Bloomberg News … Continue reading SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd