PIL NewsMessage from the DirectorThe Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that Mona Rahmani has joined the Program as our new Associate Director. Mona comes to Harvard with deep experience and vast background in data-driven research, international relations, and higher education administration. She brings these skills to the growing community of Islamic law […]
COVID-19 UpdateMay 20, 2020 The May 19 Massachusetts reopening announcement by the Office of the Governor does not affect the current remote operations of the Program in Islamic Law. The Program will follow Harvard University and Harvard Law School guidance on reopening and operations. All COVID-19 related updates as concern the Program in Islamic Law will […]
SEMINAR (via Zoom): “Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus” by Nükhet Varlık The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to present this seminar by Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University – Newark and the University of South Carolina. Thursday, April 30, 2020 […]
PIL NewsPIL Announces New Summer RA Opportunities The Program in Islamic Law is now accepting applications for summer research assistants. Details are available on our RAships page, and students can apply through Formstack.
PIL NewsAll Program in Islamic Law events for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year have been cancelled. Please refer to the Program in Islamic Law’s COVID-19 Updates page for further details.
Recent DevelopmentsSHARIAsource & OpenITI Workshop on Arabic OCRThe Open Islamicate Text Initiative and SHARIAsource at Harvard’s Program in Islamic Law last month co-convened a two-day workshop at the University of Maryland on developments in Arabic OCR. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the conference brought together humanists and computer scientists to explore over a dozen solutions to crack the code of how to create […]
Series in Islamic Law, Spring 2020The Revival of Shāfiʿism in DamascusAll Program in Islamic Law events for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year have been cancelled. Please refer to the Program in Islamic Law’s COVID-19 Updates page for further details. “The Revival of Shāfiʿism in Damascus, 11th-13th century” PIL is pleased to welcome Mariam Sheibani, Research Fellow, Program In Islamic Law, Harvard Law School, […]
PIL NewsThe Program in Islamic Law will award a prize of $1,000 annually to the Harvard Law School student writing the best paper in the field of Islamic legal studies or at the intersection of Islamic law and related fields. Papers eligible for consideration will be ones written during the current academic year, addressing any topic […]
Series in Islamic Law, Spring 2020During her lunch talk “Disinformation, Defamation, and Islamic Values,” Dr. Zahra Takhshid (Harvard Law School) compared how intentional disinformation is treated within American, British, and Islamic legal frameworks. Dr. Takhshid emphasized this is a matter of legal sovereignty, pointing to defamation of non-Americans occurring on American-based social media companies’ platforms. The talk is based on […]
Series in Islamic Law, Spring 2020During her lunch talk “Intimacy Under Surveillance: Moral Policing & the State in Contemporary Malaysia,” Dr. Nuru Huda Mohd. Razif discussed the public effects of the Malaysian syariah law’s Criminal Offences Act. She specifically discussed how the policing of khalwat (illicit proximity) affected the Malaysian public’s understanding of marriage and intimacy and how “the bureaucratization […]
Book Talk, Co-Sponsored EventDr. Darryl Li discussed his new book The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity (Stanford University Press 2019) in conversation with Professor Intisar Rabb during a book talk. The book “situates transational jihads in relation to more powerful universalisms.” The event was co-sponsored by the Program in Islamic Law and the Center […]
Series in Islamic Law, Spring 2020Reason-Giving and the Duty to Obey in Classical Islamic JurisprudenceAll Program in Islamic Law events for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year have been cancelled. Please refer to the Program in Islamic Law’s COVID-19 Updates page for further details. “Reason-Giving and the Duty to Obey in Classical Islamic Jurisprudence” PIL is pleased to welcome Omar Farahat, Assistant Professor, Mcgill University Faculty Of Law, […]