Research Fellows

Mariam Sheibani
2018-2019 Research Fellow
Mariam Sheibani2018-2019 Research Fellow

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.

Dana Lee
2019-2020 Research Fellow
Dana Lee2019-2020 Research Fellow

Dana Lee is a research fellow at the Program in Islamic Law for the 2019-2020 academic year. She received her Ph.D. from the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University this year and previously received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She is currently working on her first book project based on her dissertation entitled, At the Limits of Law: Necessity in Islamic Legal History, Second/Eighth through Tenth/Sixteenth Centuries.

Students

Sheza Alqera
Research Assistant
Sheza AlqeraResearch Assistant

Sheza Alqera is a PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Studies and Civilization at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Stephanie Gullo
Research Assistant
Stephanie GulloResearch Assistant

Stephanie Gullo is a 2L at HLS and Research Assistant for PIL.

Daniel Jacobs
Research Assistant
Daniel JacobsResearch Assistant

Daniel Jacobs is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Zainab Kahloon
Research Assistant
Zainab KahloonResearch Assistant

Zainab Kahloon is a rising senior at Harvard College. 

Iman Mohamed
Research Assistant
Iman MohamedResearch Assistant

Iman is a JD/PhD student at HLS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

Ari Schriber
Research Assistant
Ari SchriberResearch Assistant

Ari Schriber is a Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations PhD candidate at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Cem Tecimer
Research Assistant
Cem TecimerResearch Assistant

Cem Tecimer is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. 

Marzieh Tofighi Darian
Research Assistant
Marzieh Tofighi DarianResearch Assistant

Marzieh Tofighi Darian is an SJD Candidate at Harvard Law School.