Zahra Takhshid

Zahra Takhshid was a Research Affiliate to the Program in Islamic Law and the Reginald Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School. She also served as the Islamic Law Fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law, & Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School. Zahra is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University  and has been selected as the 2021 Quantum Fellow at the Center for Quantum Networks of University of Arizona in partnership with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project (ISP).

She teaches and writes about torts, contracts, privacy, social media, technology and the law. Part of her scholarship explores how to use tools from torts and contracts in resolving challenges with emerging technological developments. A second strand of her interest is Islamic and comparative law. 

Zahra holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) from Fordham Law School. She earned an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School where she was the recipient of full tuition Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship. She also has an LL.M. (Summa Cum Laude) and an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Tehran School of Law and Political Science.

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Saqib Qureshi

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Saqib Qureshi is an MTS Candidate at Harvard Divinity School.

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. 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.

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.

Hassaan Shahawy

Hassaan Shahawy is a student at Harvard Law School. At HLS, he was elected the first Muslim president of the Harvard Law Review, and also served as the co-president of the Muslim Law Students Association and as a Lead Article Editor with the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He is interested in legal history, criminal law, environmental law, and property. He also has studied Islamic law traditionally in various countries around the world.

Prior to HLS, he received a BA in History and Near Eastern Studies at Harvard University, then an MA and PhD in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. 


Rehan Staton

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.

Faris Rehman

Faris Rehman is a 1L at Harvard Law School hoping to concentrate in the intersection between law and technology. He has his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University, where he specialized in artificial intelligence.

Hani Ramadan

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Hani Ramadan is a PhD candidate in Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies, in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), Harvard. His main focus is on Quranic Studies and Sufism. His MA dissertation (American University of Beirut) focused on the methodology of the Sufi interpretation of the Quran.

Salaam Sbini

Salaam Sbini is an MTS student at Harvard Divinity School.