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Juneteenth

The Program in Islamic Law follows and supports the University announcement of closure to commemorate Juneteenth this Friday, June 19. “An Open Letter to Our Students and the Community,” A Group of Harvard Law School Faculty We also encourage all students to prioritize attending to all aspects of your personal health, including mental health.

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COVID-19 Updates

June 15, 2020 Harvard Law School has announced that the Fall Term 2020 will be fully operational and online. The Program in Islamic Law will also remain fully operational as a virtual center. The Program will continue to follow Harvard University and Harvard Law School directives on reopening on-campus operations. Decisions as regard Spring Term […]

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Remaining Events in 2019–2020 Academic Year Are Cancelled

All 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.

Message from the Director

The 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 […]

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Disinformation, Defamation, and Islamic Values

During 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 […]

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Moral Policing in Contemporary Malaysia

During 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 […]

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The Universal Enemy (Stanford University Press 2019)

Dr. 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 […]

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Tribal Law as Islamic Law: The Berber Example

Professor Larry Rosen, Senior Fellow at the Program in Islamic Law, opened the Islamic law lecture series this spring with the lunch talk “Tribal Law as Islamic Law: The Berber Example” on February 26th. Professor Rosen focused on the history of Islamic law’s development and practice among tribes in Morocco. The event was livetweeted at […]

SHARIAsource & OpenITI Workshop on Arabic OCR

The 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 […]

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Child Custody Doctrine In Al-Andalus, 11th – 15th C.

Apr 27 | 6:00-7:30 pm | Barker Center 114 (12 Quincy St) As part of the Middle East Beyond Borders (MEBB) workshop we welcome Janan Delgado, PhD Candidate, Committee On The Study Of Religion. The (MEBB) Workshop aims to foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars working on the past and present of the Middle East. […]