Journal of Islamic Law Open for Submission

The Journal of Islamic Law is still accepting Spring 2021 volume submissions for the following:

Scholarship Reviews
Book reviews of books or articles published within the last two years 2019-2021) will be accepted. Book review submissions should have fewer than 1,500 words, including footnotes.

Digital Humanities / Data Science Essays or Reviews [New!]
Digital humanities / data science essays examine research questions in Islamic law or legal history using data science or digital humanities methods. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes. 
Digital humanities / data science reviews critically assess new data science and digital humanities tools, including databases and relevant AI tools that operate at the intersection of data science methods and Islamic law and history. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words.

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Visit the Journal of Islamic Law submissions website. 

Please note that volume submissions for general articles and essays are no longer being accepted.

“What Geography and Maps Can Sound Like” DILL with Najam Haider on the Blog

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On July 10, 2020, Professor Najam Haider from Barnard College of Columbia University joined the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) to discuss how textual sources, with the proper computational power, can self-generate maps and geographic designations.

To read more about Najam Haider’s presentation check out our write-up on the Islamic Law Blog!

Islamic Law Blog: Spotlight on Hagia Sophia

This past month, Turkey’s highest administrative appellate court annulled a 1934 presidential decision by Kemal Ataturk, founding president of Turkey, converting Hagia Sophia (tr. Aya Sofya) into a museum. For this week’s Recent Case Roundup on the Islamic Law Blog, student editor and SJD candidate at Harvard Law School Cem Tecimer, brings together an array of articles and documents pertaining to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent decision, to restore Hagia Sophia’s status as a mosque. Not only does this round up include articles from leading scholars; but features English translations of the recent court decision that annulled the 1934 decision, and of Ataturk’s presidential decree, which initially converted Hagia Sofia into a museum.

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Our New Journal

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the launch of the new open-access peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Law. We invite you to digitally explore the first issue at with features including a look at developments at the intersections of law and data science, internationally engaging with scholars across the field of Islamic law, and a special symposium on Brunei’s new Islamic criminal code.

We encourage you to join the Program’s various lists for new scholarly pieces and announcements of exciting new initiatives.