November Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of November! Content includes our ongoing Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law, last month’s Courts and Canons (CnC) working group, posts by last month’s guest blog editor, Guy Burak, and much more! Subscribe to receive the newsletter every month! View previous newsletters which are […]

Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law

On November 1, 2022, via Zoom, we convened a live Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law. Organized by Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Umut Özsu (Carleton University), who are editing a volume on the subject for the Cambridge History on International Law, this Roundtable brought together the contributing authors to that volume – all historians […]

Mairaj Syed, “Experiments in Searching for Islam’s Universal Canons on the CnC-Qayyim Platform” – SHARIAsource Lab 2022

On Wednesday, October 26th, Professor Mairaj Syed (UC Davis) presented “Experiments in Searching for Islam’s Universal Canons on the CnC-Qayyim Platform” as part of our Courts and Canons (CnC) Working Group. Professor Syed recently pursued the question of “What role do qawāʿid works play in delineating the spread of legal maxims?” by utilizing Qayyim’s ability […]

Sarah Bowen Savant, “Ibn ʿAsākir and His History of Damascus: Named Entity Recognition and Text Reuse” – SHARIAsource Lab 2022

On Tuesday September 27, 2022 at 12:00-1:00PM US EST, Sarah Bowen Savant (Aga Khan University), led a seminar on research in progress that uses the OpenITI corpus, which corpus contains more than 10,000 works and now exceeds 2 billion words in size, to examine the question: prior to the arrival of the printing press or […]

Reflections on Interpretation and Serving in the Judiciary

Last month, Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer reflected on his 42-year career as a federal judge at a Harvard Law School forum with Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb. In a recent article, Harvard Law Today reported that in“their discussion, which […]

Call for Papers: Journal of Islamic Law Special Issue

The Journal of Islamic Law invites papers that explore encounters between Islamic law and other legal traditions from the 18th through mid-20th centuries. Scholarship on encounters mostly focuses on colonial history, presenting a defeating view of shari’a, seen as having “died” against the intruding forces of colonialism. Indeed, European colonialism greatly affected the operation of Islamic law. […]

October Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of October! Content includes our recent SHARIAsource events, a new primary source on our Portal, a SHARIAsource commentary by Zoe Griffith, posts by last month’s guest blog editor, Felicitas Opwis, and much more! Subscribe to receive the newsletter every month! View previous newsletters which are […]

Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law

We are excited to announce our upcoming Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 9:00am-12:00pm EST, in a live webinar over Zoom. Organized by Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Umut Özsu (Carleton University), who are editing a volume on the subject for the Cambridge History on International Law, this Roundtable will bring together the contributing authors […]

Into the Digital Islamic Future: OpenITI Arabic OCR Catalyst Project (OpenITI AOCP)

The Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI) and SHARIAsource teams led an experts’ workshop on September 29 and 30 entitled ‘Into the Digital Islamic Future,’ held in-person on the University of Maryland, College Park’s campus. OpenITI and SHARIAsource invited some 30 researchers from around the world to share results from the first phase of the OpenITI […]

Former Justice Stephen Breyer Reflects on SCOTUS Career with PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb

Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer reflected on his 42-year career as a federal judge at a Harvard Law School forum on Monday, September 19th with Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb.  The Harvard Crimson reports that “the discussion encompassed a range […]