Mariam Sheibani is a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law and Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. She received her PhD and MA in Islamic Thought from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in Islamic intellectual and social history, with a focus on law, ethics, and gender. Her first book project, Islamic Legal Philosophy: Ibn ʿAbd al-Salām and the Ethical Turn in Medieval Islamic Law, examines how Muslim jurists from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries addressed salient questions of legal philosophy and ethics in a time of social and political crisis. She has conducted research in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, the UK, and West Africa. You can read more about her work at