Professor Intisar Rabb, Islamic and Criminal Law in Medieval and Modern Times

On June 30, 2021,  PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb presented a lecture on  Islamic criminal law in medieval and modern times. Her lecture is a comparative review of the history of crime and punishment in Islamic societies. In most studies of the penal code or Islamic law, the principles, practices and justifications of punishment tend to function as “barns separated by wide plains”. This conference explored the terrain in which they find themselves. In this way, focusing on the principles and practices of Islamic law in Umayyad Syria, Abbasid Iraq and Mamluk Egypt, she reveals the most striking features of medieval Islamic law: a “jurisprudence of doubt and leniency” as opposed to ” political practices” of control and rigor. Watch the video today!