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September 2017

ILSP LUNCH TALK :: Family Law Reform in Pakistan: Recent Opinions (Fatwās) Favoring Women-Initiated Divorce

September 22, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States + Google Map

Mubasher Hussain, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School Mubasher Hussain will discuss scholar-jurists’ views on the options for marriage dissolution available to Muslim women in Pakistan. This talk will explore the arguments in favor of women-initiated divorce, as articulated in several recent leading advisory opinions (fatwās) from certain textualist jurists in Pakistan.

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October 2017

ILSP LUNCH TALK :: Mapping Islam in Constitutions

October 20, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States + Google Map

Dawood Ahmed, SJD Candidate, University of Chicago Dawood Ahmed will discuss his work on comparative Islamic constitutionalism.

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ILSP LUNCH TALK :: RESURRECTING THE ANCIENT JURISTS IN PRINT

October 23, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States + Google Map

Ahmed El Shamsy, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School The publication of al-Shāfiʿī’s (d. 204/820) multivolume magnum opus, al-Umm, in 1903-7 opened a window into early Islamic legal thought and provided the basis for all subsequent historiography of Islamic law. However, the work's publication was anything but inevitable: though it is today considered a seminal text, in the late nineteenth century the Umm, like the writings of most other early jurists, languished in obscurity. Examining how and why the…

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November 2017

ILSP LUNCH TALK :: THE M WORD: LEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF MUSLIM IDENTITY IN THE U.S.

November 13, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States + Google Map

Seval Yildirim, Visiting Researcher, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School Professor Yildirim will discuss her work-in-progress exploring the legal construction of Muslim identity through a study of U.S. court cases dating back to the 19th century. The paper identifies three distinct typologies of how courts have defined Muslim identity and the broader political and normative implications of legal construction of minority identities in the United States.

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ILSP Lunch Talk :: A History Without Gaps: Legal Maxims and the Evolution of Islamic Law

November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Speaker: Mariam Sheibani, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago Mariam Sheibani surveys the terminological and conceptual evolution of maxims in Shāfiʿī legal literature from the founding of the school in the ninth century to the emergence of maxim treatises in the fourteenth century. Examining this evolution not only provides a history of maxims without gaps, but it also offers unexpected insights about the significant role of maxims in negotiating jurists’ competing visions of the law. Mediterranean lunch will be provided. RSVP by…

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ILSP Lunch Talk: A History Without Gaps: Legal Maxims and the Evolution of Islamic Law

November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Speaker: Mariam Sheibani, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago  The emergence and functions of legal maxims in Islamic law remains an understudied field in Islamic legal history. Scholars have noted early interest in maxims in the tenth and eleventh centuries, followed by a period of dormancy prior to the eruption of maxim treatises in the fourteenth century. This has led some scholars to speak of a period of stagnation of the genre during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I closely study…

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ILSP Lunch Talk :: Research Methods: Studying Court Narratives through Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

November 27, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Sharon Tai, SHARIAsource Deputy Editor and Ali Hashmi, former MIT Media Lab Fellow, use natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques to build a taxonomy of entities for SHARIAsource’s collection of cases of Islamic law in U.S. Courts, including cases of family law and religious accommodation. From there, comparison of state courts with overall federal courts using computational text analysis methods allows for insights into whether there is consistency of themes and considerations between lower and upper court decisions.…

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December 2017

ILSP LUNCH TALK

December 4, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States + Google Map

Rodrigo Adem, ILSP: SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School; College Fellow, Harvard University Department of History

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April 2018

ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Comparing Waqf and Western Landed Trusts

April 10, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Ebrahim Afsah, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School, will discuss his current research on a structured comparison between waqf and the Western institution of landed trust and the implications for Islamic administrative and public law. Mediterranean lunch will be served.

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ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Early Islamic Political Theory Between Legal Discourse and Political Anthropology

April 26, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Early Islamic political theory as it enjoyed currency among the scholarly classes alternated between two possibilities: legal functionalism and political anthropology.  Critical to our understanding of these intellectual trends and their conceptual contours is an understanding of a "theoretical turn" in early Islamic thought which created the preconditions for a theory of power, and the domain of its proper application between the political and the religious.  Codified forms of early Islamic political theory, as well as those which went out…

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May 2018

ILSP Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

May 1, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Amir Toft's talk profiles the education and career of a judge who served for one year around 1580 as judge in the court of Üsküdar, one of the districts of Istanbul. His name and titles—Mevlana Ibrahim Çelebi Efendi el-Galatavi—are known to us only through their appearance in the court register for that year. Apart from that we know next to nothing directly about him. However, thanks to the decades of work by Ottomanists, we are able with reasonable certainty to…

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September 2018

SHARIAsource Open House

September 18, 2018 @ 16:00 - 18:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Come learn about the Islamic Legal Studies Program & SHARIAsource.com, which offers content and context on Islamic law. SHARIAsource provides an Islamic law portal <beta.shariasource.com>, built in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, as well as a blog <shariasource.blog> with regular and relevant commentary on new developments and new scholarship in Islamic law by leading scholars and students in the field. Meet the faculty, staff, and fellows involved in the project, and see how you can…

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SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts

September 24, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Nahed Samour, Early Career Fellow, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study The talk focuses on the judge's authority as it emanated from the judicial organization under the early Abbasids. It discusses the concept of office as well as theories of professionalization and bureaucratization and their applicability to the Islamic history of adjudication. Dr. Nahed Samour is an Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study, Germany and pursues her Habilitation at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Faculty of…

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October 2018

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Islamic Law in an Age of Fear

October 1, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political…

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SHARIASOURCE LUNCH TALK :: THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF LEGAL PATCHWORKING (TALFĪQ)

October 2, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Aaron Spevack, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School Talfīq--the juristic practice of combining differing legal opinions to resolve a new issue and thereby produce an unprecedented ruling--is often framed as an impious and capricious endeavor aimed at cutting corners. However, jurists have used this practice in ways that have had tremendous social impact, both positive and negative. This talk will address various debates on the permissibility of using talfiq, its social impact, and prominent instances of state legislation in…

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Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Book Talk on From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018)

October 22, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Author: Will Smiley, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire Moderator: Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Professor of History, Harvard University Respondents: Cemal Kafadar, Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Harvard University Mariam Sheibani, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School Will Smiley will discuss the research underlying his new book, in which he charts the changing law and practice of captivity and slavery in the Ottoman Empire and Middle East, at the intersection of Islamic and international…

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November 2018

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus

November 28, 2018 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Mariam Sheibani, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School This paper explores the tensions between conservative and innovative strains in Islamic law in twelfth-century Ayyūbid Damascus. The newly restored refugee capital of Damascus inherited the Shāfiʿī traditions of both Khurāsān and Iraq, which had developed autonomously throughout the tenth and eleventh centuries. While formal attribution to the Khurāsānī and Iraqi streams of the school gradually ceased with the destruction of Khurāsān, Sheibani argues that the intellectual legacies and distinct methodologies…

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February 2019

Lunch Talk :: Book Talk on Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press, 2017)

February 6, 2019 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Author: Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University Moderator: Mariam Sheibani, Visiting Fellow, Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School Respondent: Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life In Afghanistan Rising, Faiz Ahmed presents a vibrant account of Afghanistan, the first Muslim-majority country to gain independence, codify its own laws, and ratify a constitution after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He illustrates how turn-of-the-twentieth-century Kabul—far from being a landlocked wilderness or remote…

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February 2020

Lunch Talk :: Tribal Law as Islamic Law: The Berber Example

February 26, 2020 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Austin 102, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School United States

Lawrence Rosen, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Princeton University.  Tribes are characterized less by their structural forms and purported evolutionary history than by their cultural orientations and shape-shifting capability. In many parts of MENA and Asia these qualities have also contributed to tribes’ amalgamation of Islamic law. Using as the main example the Berbers of Morocco, Professor Rosen will look at the parallels between local custom and Islamic prescription, procedural techniques and substantive rules to consider how the…

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