IQSS spotlights Professor Intisar Rabb

In their recent article “Digitized Canon: Intisar Rabb’s Work to Develop SHARIAsource and Other Resources on Islamic Law,” the Institute for Quantitative Social Science spotlights PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb. In this interview, Professor Rabb describes the journey that created her vision of a world where scholars like herself could find sources online, which […]

Professor Intisar Rabb Appointed Special Adviser to the ICC

PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb, was recently appointed Special Adviser on Islamic Law to the International Criminal Court. Professor Rabb was appointed as one of 17 experts selected to serve as Special Advisers to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan QC. The appointments were drawn from across the world to […]

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RA for Digital Humanities Project with Professor Intisar Rabb and Data Science Fellow Dr. Yusuf Celik

Professor Intisar Rabb and data science fellow Dr Yusuf Celik at the Program in Islamic Law / SHARIAsource Lab at Harvard Law School are looking for research assistants with a computer science / machine learning background this fall for a digital humanities project.  Are you interested in applying Machine Learning to texts? Curious to see […]

Collaboration with the Library of Congress

We are delighted to share with you that the Library of Congress and the Program in Islamic Law have initiated a collaborative effort to “identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes.” Initially set for three years, the collaboration will focus on the legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law.  As […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Christian Müller

On July 28, 2020, Christian Müller (CNRS – Paris) presented “Siǧillāt and the transformations of the qadis’ documents in Islamic law (10th-16th centuries).” He examined the genre of Ottoman sijills within the larger context of Islamic court records, offering a longue durée analysis of qāḍī court documents. An Ottoman sijill is a systematically archived court […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Maribel Fierro

On June 30, 2021, Maribel Fierro (CSIC- Madrid) presented “Fatawa compilations: exploring a legal genre in the Islamic West.” Fierro’s lecture examined trends of fatwā compilation in Andalusia and North Africa. Fierro argues that the Almohad period (1121-1269) produced only one fatwā compilation and that the presence of fatwā compilations is closely connected to two […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Samy Ayoub

On May 26, 2021, Samy Ayoub (University of Texas) presented “Creativity in Continuity: al-Rasa’il al-Fiqhiyya as a Genre for Legal Change.” Ayoub’s lecture expanded an ongoing conversation in the Islamic Legal Genre (ILG) lecture series about the ways in which a legal mode shapes the type of information a jurist can relay in writing. Ayoub […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Ahmed El Shamsy

On April 28, 2021, Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago) presented “What kind of thing is a gloss (hashiya)?” El Shamsy’s lecture described the history, impact, and receptions of legal ḥāshiya literature, with a particular focus on Shāfiʿī law. El Shamsy describes German Orientalist Eduard Sachau’s (d. 1930) description of Shāfiʿī ḥāshiyas and their dominance […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Sohail Hanif

On March 31, 2021, Sohail Hanif (Cambridge Muslim College) presented “Form, Function, and Historical Development of the Sharḥ Literature as a Genre.” Hanif argued that this genre is the centerpiece of Islamic legal writing which contains a plethora of Islamic legal theory. He focused on four main points: the advantages of school specific studies, the […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Mohammed Fadel

On February 24, 2021, Mohammed Fadel (University of Toronto) presented “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Mukhtaṣar as a Genre.” Fadel’s lecture described the history, purpose, and nature of late medieval Mālikī mukhtaṣars. The mukhtaṣar as a genre allows jurists to tersely summarize their school’s positions, offering the Sunnī madhhab system a sense of cohesion […]