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SHARIAsource is a portal for Islamic law and data science tools that offers a window onto the digital world of Islamic legal studies. Its growing set of digitized texts and digital tools enable researchers to better explore an access a growing set of sources in this area, in ways meaningful to particular research inquiries and […]

Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres

On December 1, 2021, we hosted a Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres as a culmination of the monthly lecture series where a group of scholars of Islamic law and history met monthly to explore the form and function of genres popular in Islamic law. This event was convened by Hakki Arslan, Necmettin Kizilkaya, and, PIL Faculty Director, Intisar Rabb. Contributing scholars include Hakki Arslan, Ahmad […]

December Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of  December! Content includes a look back at this past year and all that we have been up to, a sneak peak of our CnC Root Finder App, our newest book publication, Leaving Iberia by Professor Jocelyn Hendrickson, contributions from last month’s guest […]

Book Talk: Katharina Ivanyi

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Dr. Katharina Ivanyi (University of Vienna) spoke about her new book, Virtue, Piety and the Law: A Study of Birgivī Meḥmed Efendī’s (d. 981/1573) al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya (Brill, 2020). Ivanyi examined a major work of pietist exhortation and advice composed by the sixteenth-century Ottoman jurist, Ḥadīth scholar, and grammarian, who articulates a style of religiosity […]

2022-2023 PIL–LC Research Fellowship

In collaboration with the John W. Kluge Center at the The Library of Congress, the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to invite applications for an inaugural 2022-2023 PIL–LC Research Fellowship (due: January 31, 2022). This newly offered fellowship is designed to provide an intellectual home to promising young scholars in Islamic legal studies, […]

November Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of  November! Content includes a Fellow Spotlight of our PIL Research Fellow, Dr. Hedayat Heikal, a sneak peak of our forthcoming SEARCHstrata App, our Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres series and Roundtable, contributions from last month’s guest editor, Professor Christian Mauder, […]

New Book – Leaving Iberia by Jocelyn Hendrickson

We are excited to announce the publication of the latest book in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Jocelyn Hendrickson‘s Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa! This book examines Islamic legal responses to Muslims living under Christian rule in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa. The fall of al-Andalus, or reconquista, has long […]

Fellow Spotlight: Dr. Hedayat Heikal

This month we launched our Fellow Spotlight series, which features interviews with current and previous PIL Fellows, highlighting their work with the Program, their path getting here, and the road going forward. First in this series is our current fellow, Dr. Hedayat Heikal! Heikal is a Research Fellow at the Program in Islamic Law and […]

ILSS: Yusuf Celik

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, PIL Data Science Fellow, Dr. Yusuf Celik, presented “Islamicate Digital Humanities and Redefining the Hermeneutical Circle in the Age of Data Science.” Noting that one of the most recognizable tropes in hermeneutics is undoubtedly the ‘hermeneutical circle,’ Celik argued that this has symbolized the dialectical nature of our understanding, namely that we understand the whole from its parts and […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Anas Sarmini

On September 29, 2021, Anas Sarmini (29 Mayis University, Istanbul) presented “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Ikhtilāf al-fuqahāʾ as a Genre.” Sarmini’s lecture described the historical development of ikhtilāf literature over three phases, and the influence of two intellectual currents in forging this genre of Islamic law. Ikhtilāf, or legal controversy, was an important way of articulating […]