Mona Rahmani

Thumbnail Image

Mona Rahmani is the Associate Director of the Program in Islamic Law. Prior to joining PIL, Mona Rahmani’s experience has crossed multiple sectors and industries, including most recently as a Due Diligence Expert with the Dow Jones data strategy group in Princeton specializing in sanctions research, Western Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously Senior Research Specialist at Princeton University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies directing the Center’s inaugural years of academic programs and projects. She also consults for the Economist Intelligence Unit and has previously worked pro bono on Chios Island, Greece serving Vial Refugee Camp, for the World Bank field-based in Tehran, with non-profit FHI-360, and as a Princeton in Asia Fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. Her academic degrees comprise of an individualized MSt in modern Global South political thought & theory from the University of Oxford at St Antony’s College, an MHS in international health with a certificate in humanitarian assistance from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in international relations from Boston University. Her policy and research interests include the intersections of Islamic law and international development mechanisms, state strategy for refugee camps, and Middle East – Sub Saharan Africa relations.


Intisar A. Rabb

Professor Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law, Professor of History, and the Faculty Director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. She has held appointments as a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as an Associate Professor at NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at NYU Law School, and as an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School. She previously served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a Temple Bar Fellow in London with the American Inns of Court, and as a Carnegie Scholar for her work on contemporary Islamic law.

In 2015, in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, support from the Luce and MacArthur Foundations, and collaborations with myriad scholars and institutions, she launched SHARIAsource – an online portal designed to provide universal access to the world’s information on Islamic law and history, and to facilitate new research with the use of AI tools.

She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph, Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press 2015), the edited volumes, Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts (with Abigail Balbale, Harvard University Press, 2017) and Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (with Michael Cook et al., Palgrave 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, on Islamic legal canons, and on the early history of the Qur’an text.

She received a BA from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.