Professor Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law, Professor of History, and the Faculty Director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. She has held appointments as a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as an Associate Professor at NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at NYU Law School, and as an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School. She previously served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a Temple Bar Fellow in London with the American Inns of Court, and as a Carnegie Scholar for her work on contemporary Islamic law.
In 2015, in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, support from the Luce and MacArthur Foundations, and collaborations with myriad scholars and institutions, she launched SHARIAsource – an online portal designed to provide universal access to the world’s information on Islamic law and history, and to facilitate new research with the use of AI tools.
She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph, Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press 2015), the edited volumes, Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts (with Abigail Balbale, Harvard University Press, 2017) and Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (with Michael Cook et al., Palgrave 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, on Islamic legal canons, and on the early history of the Qur’an text.
She received a BA from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.
- Case Brief: UK Family Law Court Recognizes Unregistered Islamic Law Marriage as Void but Entitled to Protections for the Wife and Children upon Divorce (Akhter v. Khan, 2018)
- Commentary :: Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code: Have International Criticisms Been Effective for Children and Juvenile Offenders?
- SHARIAsource and the Need for Islamic Digital Humanities: A Response to “A Political History of Digital Humanities” in the LA Review of Books
- Program in Islamic Law Celebrates Its New English Translation of al-Muwaṭṭaʾ
- PIL Fellowships 2020-2021 Announced! — Research + (new) Data Science Tracks
- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaks on His Love for Basketball and Civil Rights
- Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War
- INTISAR RABB SELECTED AS 2017–2018 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW
- EVENT: The JFK Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Khizr Khan
- REVIEW: Judges on Cushions and Under Trees: Thoughts on “Qāḍī Justice” and Hyperpolemics (A Review of Intisar Rabb, “Against Kadijustiz” (2015))
- IN SUMMARY :: Intisar Rabb and Manal Omar in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman (Part of the MLTalks Series at MIT)
- IN SUMMARY: White House Lawyer Raheemah Abdulaleem (HLS ’01) talks Big Law and Public Service (In Conversation with Intisar Rabb)
- Muhammad Ali’s Legacy & the Idea of “Civil Rights Shari’a” (BBC Interview with Intisar Rabb)