Seyed Masoud Noori

Dr. Noori is a Global Academy Scholar in partnership with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). He is also a scholar in residence at New York University School of Law. His other recent academic posts include positions at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), NYU Law School, Emory Law School, and National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to 2010, Masoud was a faculty member at Mofid University, Qom, Iran, where he served at the Center for Human Rights Studies (2004-2009) in several leadership positions, including establishing the first law clinic in Iran (2007).

Dr. Noori is a law professor, Islamic issues researcher, and journalist focusing on the relationship between Islamic law/Sharia and the international human rights law system. In addition to a Ph.D. in Private Law, he has more than 20 years of experience in studying, teaching, and researching Islam at Qom Seminary, including nine years at the level of ijtihad in jurisprudence and principles of jurisprudence. His interests include legal clinics and clinical legal education, children’s rights, Islam and the environmental crisis, interfaith dialogue, constitutions in Muslim countries, religion, and politics in the Middle East.

Shayaan Essa

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Hassaan Shahawy

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Rehan Staton

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Rehan Staton is a JD student at Harvard Law School.

Aiyanna Sanders

Aiyanna Sanders is a JD student at Harvard Law School.

Marta Canneri

Marta Canneri is a JD student at Harvard Law School.

Salaam Sbini

Salaam Sbini is an MTS student at Harvard Divinity School. 

Asma Khoshmehr

Asma Khoshmehr is a MFA student at Emerson College.

Mariam Sheibani

Mariam Sheibani is a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law and Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. She received her PhD in Islamic Thought from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in Islamic intellectual and social history, with a focus on law, ethics, gender, and contemporary Islamic thought. She serves as Lead Blog Editor for the Islamic Law Blog (formerly the SHARIAsourceBLOG) based at Harvard Law School.

Her first book project, Islamic Legal Philosophy: Ibn ʿAbd al-Salām and the Ethical Turn in Medieval Islamic Law, examines how Muslim jurists from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries addressed salient questions of legal philosophy and ethics, leading them to develop competing legal methodologies and visions of the law. In particular, she traces the development of a purposive, analytical, and socially responsive legal discourse that originated among Shāfiʿī jurists in Khorasan and continued to evolve in Ayyubid Damascus and Mamluk Cairo in subsequent centuries. The study centers on a prominent Damascene heir of Khorasani Shāfiʿism, ʿIzz al-Dīn b. ʿAbd al-Salām, a pivotal figure in the development of Islamic legal philosophy, ethics, and legal maxims (qawāʿid fiqhiyya). Learn more about her book project and other current research projects.

In 2019–2020, Mariam is teaching two graduate seminars at Harvard: Islamic Ethics: Between Reason, Revelation, and Reform (Fall 2019) and The Thought and Legacy of al-Ghazālī (Spring 2020). Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned a BA in Public Affairs and Policy Management, an MA in Legal Studies, and a second an MA in Islamic Thought. She has conducted research in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, the UK, and West Africa.