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 […]

Dilyara Agisheva, Ukraine from Ottoman Times to Today, W’OTSAp

On Friday, September 30th, PIL Research Fellow, Dilyara Agisheva, presented “The Making of Colonial Space in Crimea in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries” at the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association’s 22nd “W’OTSAp in Ottoman and Turkish Studies” meeting.  Also on the panel were Nihat Çelik (San Diego State University) and Oleksandr Halenko (İstanbul Üniversitesi), […]

September Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of September! Content includes our Fall line-up of events, the new Online Companion to Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law (Harvard University Press, 2022), our recent Fellow Spotlight on Issam Eido, and much more! Subscribe to receive the […]

August Newsletter

The Program in Islamic Law’s (PIL) monthly newsletter is out for the month of August! Content includes our recent publication by Professor Hossein Modarressi, Text & Interpretation, the South African Constitutional Court’s confirmation of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s order to amend existing legislation or enact new legislation to recognize and regulate the consequences of Muslim marriages, […]

Podcast – Intisar Rabb on Interpreting Metacanons

Join the discussion with PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb, on interpreting metacanons in this special podcast episode of Borderlines. The podcast builds upon ideas raised at the 2022 Irvine Tragen Lecture on Comparative Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. Professor Rabb discusses her leading research on shared methods of interpretation for textualists across different […]

New Book! Text and Interpretation by Hossein Modarressi

We are excited to announce the publication of the latest book in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Hossein Modarressi’s Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law! This book examines the main characteristics of the legal thought of Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq, a preeminent religious scholar jurist of Medina in the […]