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Hauwa Ibrahim “Person of the Year” in Cavaglia, Italy

Former ILSP Visiting Fellow Hauwa Ibrahim was recently named “Person of the Year 2015” in Cavaglià, Italy, where she now makes her home. Mayor Giancarlo Borsoi praised Ibrahim’s work, saying, “We have the honor to know and reward an exceptional person. This is a woman who has done and is doing so much to protect human rights. It is an honor to be by her side this special night.” Read More

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ILSP 2014-2015 Annual Report Online

The 2014–2015 Islamic Legal Studies Program Annual Report is now available online. The report includes a summary of the year’s events, as well as information about plans for 2015–2016. Read More

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ILSP December 2015 Newsletter Online

ILSP’s December 2015 newsletter is now available online. Catch up on news from the Fall semester and find out about upcoming plans for the Spring semester. You may also sign up via the widget on the home page to receive ILSP newsletters, updates, and other important Program news via email. Read More

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ILSP Offices Closing for Winter Recess, Dec. 24–Jan. 4

Please note that ILSP and other University offices will be closed for the Winter/Holiday Recess at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24th and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016. Read More

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Zeeshan Hashmi Wins ILSP Writing Prize on Islamic Law

Zeeshaan Hashmi (LLM ’16) is the winner of this year’s ILSP Writing Prize on Islamic Law. Hashmi won the prize for his paper, “Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments or Amending the Unamendable? A Critique of District Bar Association Rawalpindi v. Federation of Pakistan.” Read More

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ILSP Visiting Fellowship Deadline

The deadline for applying for 2016-2017 ILSP Visiting Fellowship has passed. Please check back next fall for 2017-2018. Read More


Workshop on Animals, Law, and Religion

ILSP Director Kristen Stilt and Fall 2015 ILSP Visiting Fellows Febe Armanios and Boğaç Ergene co-organized a scholarly workshop on the treatment of animals from Islamic and comparative religious and religio-legal perspectives. The goal of the event was to foster a conversation about how religious traditions consider the interrelated topics of animals, ethics, and law, with the aim of developing an integrated methodology from a comparative perspective. The event took place May 20-21, 2016, and was the first in a series of events on this topic. To learn more about the participants and papers, click here. Co-sponsored by the Animal Law & Policy Program. Read More


Courts and Judicial Procedure in Early Islamic Law – Call for Papers

The Islamic Legal Studies Program announces a Call for Papers for a workshop on “Courts and Judicial Procedure in Early Islamic Law,” to be held May 6, 2016. Abstracts are due December 15, 2016. Click here for more. Read More

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ILSP Travel Grants for HLS Students

The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included. The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP travel grants to supplement an award from another source. All proposals should be submitted via the online application process. Read More

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SHARIAsource Awarded $425K MacArthur Foundation Grant

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $425,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource – an online Islamic law resource founded and directed by Harvard Law School Professor and ILSP Director Intisar Rabb. SHARIAsource is built on a model of broad collaboration, calling on the resources of Harvard Law School Library, other educational institutions, and expert scholars of Islamic law around the world to build a clearinghouse that collects the research and highlights the expertise and scholarship of each.

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