Collaboration with the Library of Congress

We are delighted to share with you that the Library of Congress and the Program in Islamic Law have initiated a collaborative effort to “identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes.”

Initially set for three years, the collaboration will focus on the legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law.  As part of the joint effort, following copyright clearance, the Library of Congress will make the selected materials accessible for online use, with the Program in Islamic Law being able to repost the same content, rendering them accessible to the Harvard community and beyond.

The Program in Islamic Law is also working on developing an AI-powered search tool, “SEARCHstrata,” to assist researchers in generating more effective search results that will include bibliographic metadata (e.g. peoples, titles, places) related to users’ searches.  The Law Library at the Library of Congress has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity to help develop this search tool.

Commenting on the joint collaboration, PIL Faculty Director, Professor Intisar Rabb stated: “This collaborative effort with the Library of Congress will expand access to and insights from the extensive and growing collection of primary sources at the Library, which provide the essential grist for the transformative work of any researcher, historian, and lawyer.”

NEW! Journal of Islamic Law Volume 2

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of the open-access, peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Law.

We invite you to digitally explore the second issue which includes a look at developments at the intersections of law and data science, internationally engaging with scholars across the field of Islamic law, and a forum featuring selections from our Islamic Law Blog’s Roundtable on Islamic Law & Legal History.

This volume features:

  • long-form articles
  • case briefs
  • student notes
  • new developments in digital Islamic law scholarship
  • and much more!

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

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 journalofislamiclaw.com 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.