Past Lectures

Can’t make it to our events? Check out videos of our lectures and lunch talks held at Harvard by visiting the Program in Islamic Law Vimeo channel.


Nurfadzilah Yahaya, “Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia”

On September 15, 2020, Prof. Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore, Dept of History) spoke on her new book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia. She was joined by discussant Dr. Iza Hussin (University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Dept. of Politics and International Studies), author of the book, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State.

Closed captioning is hard coded on to the video.


Symposium and Book Talk: Al-Muwatta’
Symposium & Book Release: al-Muwaṭṭaʾ, the Royal Moroccan Edition  (Part I)
 
Symposium & Book Release: al-Muwaṭṭaʾ, the Royal Moroccan Edition  (Part II)
 
On December 9, 2019, Professor Intisar Rabb, Faculty Director of the Program in Islamic Law (PIL), and PIL Research Fellow 2019-2020, Dr Dana Lee, convened the symposium on the newly released al-Muwatta’ Royal Moroccan Edition book translation. Panelists included authors and translators Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law) and Vice Chancellor Connell Monette (American College Casablanca), alongside commentators Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University), Professor Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago), and PIL Research Fellow 2018-2020 Dr. Mariam Sheibani.


 

Maya Shatzmiller, “Equity and Equality: The Economics Behind Women’s Property Rights in the Islamic Law”
 
On October 22, 2019, Professor Maya Shatzmiller (University of Western Ontario), gave a lecture on “Equity and Equality: The Economics Behind Women’s Property Rights in Islamic Law.” Shatzmiller presented her years long work on women’s property rights and economic development during the medieval period in the Middle East.
 


fadel mar 28 video
Mohammad Fadel, ” Spousal Abuse and Islamic Law Reform”
 
On March 28, 2019, Professor Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) gave a lecture at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law on “Nushuz, Lawful Discipline and Spouse Abuse in the Maliki Madhab: A History and Its Relevance to Modern Islamic Law Reform.” He discussed examples of Muslim judges from Mamlūk and Andalusian courts seeking out cases of spousal abuse rather than waiting for those cases to be brought before them, thereby treating marriage rights as a matter of public law. 


Katz Feb 2019 lecture

Marion Katz, “Wives, Housework, and the Changing Boundary between Islamic Law and Ethics”
 
On Feb 13, 2019, Professor Marion Katz of New York University (NYU) gave a lecture at Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law on “Wives, Housework, and the Changing Boundary Between Islamic Law and Ethics.” She explored the historical-legal controversies over domestic labor and the construction of gender and relationships in Islamic law on the books and in the social practices of Muslim communities. The event was live-tweeted under the hashtag #KatzLecture. 


2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium, Keynote Address: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
 
As the keynote address to the 2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium, former NBA player and civil rights activist Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf spoke about his childhood, basketball career, and experience advocating for social justice in the United States. Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb initiated the conversation in a fireside chat.

As an NBA player, Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for national anthem in protest to US oppression, for which he was suspended by the NBA on March 12, 1996. An agreement was reached two days later with the league whereby he would stand during the playing of the national anthem but could close his eyes and look downward.