From the Acting Executive Director Greetings! First and foremost, I would like to welcome you all, this being the first newsletter since I assume the acting executive directorship of ILSP. I would also like to thank my predecessors­-the Founding Director of ILSP, Frank E. Vogel, former Acting Director Baber Johansen, and former Associate Director, Peri Bearman-who, through their efforts and dedication, have built a strong foundation for ILSP. I am also grateful to them for always being available to assist me whenever I need any advice. Read more


Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Sanhuri Lecture Series On April 18, 2011, the Islamic Legal Studies Program hosted the sixth lecture of the Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri Lecture Series on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World. Named after the prominent 20th-century Islamic jurist, educator and reformer the Sanhuri Lecture Series seeks to bring a variety of renowned guest speakers from around the world to discuss both historical and modern issues in Islamic legal theory and practice. Delivering this lecture was Ibrahim Najjar the former Justice Minister of Lebanon and Professor of Law at St. Joseph University in Beirut. Read more



IFP Roundtable on the Impact of Islamic Finance on Economic Development The Islamic Finance Project and Islamic Legal Studies Program organized a panel discussion that took place on October 12, 2010, entitled “The Impact of Islamic Finance on Economic Development”. A distinguished panel of practitioners form the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a academic from Tufts University provided their insights on the topic. Read more.


Student Travel Grants During the previous academic year, ILSP was pleased to award travel grants to four Harvard Law School students. During the winter term, third-year J.D. students Mina Khalil, Taylor Landis and Chelsea Sharon traveled to the Middle East to undertake research in Lebanon and Egypt. Read more.

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