Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

During the 2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium on Monday, April 1st, basketball legend and civil rights advocate Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will share his thoughts and experiences advocating for social justice in the United States. (In the 1990s, Mr. Abdul-Rauf sparked controversy for refusing to stand for the national anthem, and calling the US flag a symbol … Continue reading Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

In the News: SHARIAsource Blog

The latest issue of Harvard Law Bulletin, which came out last week, included an article on “Law’s Influencers” featuring blogs led by HLS faculty. The piece features SHARIAsource Blog! Professor Intisar Rabb says that her desire to share diverse viewpoints was a key reason she launched SHARIAsource, a blog she describes as “a SCOTUSblog for … Continue reading In the News: SHARIAsource Blog

Islamic Law in “Plain English”

As a reminder, the SHARIAsource Portal contains helpful resources that explain various aspects of Islamic law in "plain English," including: Lexicon Ijtihād: the direct interpretation of scripture Ḥadīth: Prophetic traditions Scholarship Reviews Mohammad Fadel on the Function of the "Interest Ban" in Islamic Finance Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

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

On November 28th, Dr. Mariam Sheibani, current Visiting Fellow at ILSP: SHARIAsource, shared her research on the developments of the Shāfiʿī tradition in twelfth-century twelfth-century Ayyūbid Damascus. She focused on the rivalry between the leading Shāfiʿī authorities of Damascus, Taqī al-Dīn b. al-Ṣalāḥ (d. 1245) and ʿIzz al-Din b. ʿAbd al-Salām (d. 1262), using it as … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus.

Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

On October 22nd, Professor Will Smiley of the University of New Hampshire spoke to a group of twenty-three students, professors, and scholars on his new book From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book takes a look at the independent evolution of a recognizable … Continue reading Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program: Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop

On Friday, October 12th, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program hosted a workshop for Harvard's NELC graduate students and faculty on methods in Islamic studies. The workshop consisted of four sessions: Middle East and Islamic Library Resources, Islamic Studies & the Digital Humanities, Visual Tools for Islamic Studies, and Quest to Document Modern … Continue reading Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program: Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

Aaron Spevack, SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow 2018-2019, spoke on his current research into legal patchworking (talfīq). He examined debates for and against this legal tool, its role in the creation of sharīʿa-compliant financial instruments within Islamic law, the potential individual harms it can inflict, along with the potential social good. The event was livetweeted and may … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl on “Islamic Law in an Age of Fear”

On October 1st, 2018, Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl spoke to a gathering of around 40 students and scholars at Harvard Law School for a SHARIAsource lunch talk entitled "Islamic Law in an Age of Fear." He discussed themes from his new book, focusing on the widening epistemological gaps between historical practice and modern consciousness. … Continue reading Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl on “Islamic Law in an Age of Fear”

Workshop :: Tools for Digital Islamic Law.

On September 27th, Jeremy Guillette, Digital Scholarship Facilitator at Harvard University, led a workshop on using digital methods to research Islamic law. A group of eight young scholars worked with Guillette to learn an overview of the emerging digital methods at their disposal. Space was strictly limited, but due to the number of inquiries, SHARIAsource … Continue reading Workshop :: Tools for Digital Islamic Law.

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

Dr. Nahed Samour, currently an Early Career Fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study, presented her current work on the professionalization of judges in early Islamic courts at SHARIAsource's first lunch talk of the academic year. Using Western theories of professionalizatition, Samour is assessing how jurists in early Islamic court established power and authority. The … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts