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Lunch Discussion :: From Big Law to Public Service in the White House

Raheemah Abdulaleem (JD *01), Associate General Counsel in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, the White House; former Senior Trial Attorney, US… Read More

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SHARIAsource at HLS Student Activities Fair

Find out about the project and student opportunities to get involved with research and writing, lunches with leading scholars and practitioners, regular policy briefings, and… 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

Much attention has long been accorded to substantive rulings in early Islamic contexts, and recent work has highlighted social histories surrounding courts. But few of those studies place particular emphasis on judicial procedure. Answers to questions of procedure are essential for rounding out the picture of any legal system beyond the four corners of the pages framing the law in the books or the unbounded conception of law as it affects society. Procedure informs both inquiries. By bringing together scholars of Islamic law from different periods, this conference seeks to uncover the inner workings of courts and the administration of justice in medieval Islamic lands, 632-1250 AD. Read More

What Is Islam? A Symposium in Memory of Shahab Ahmed

This symposium will provide an opportunity to consider What is Islam? from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Those who will reflect on Shahab’s book and its impact include Michael Cook, Noah Feldman, Cemal Kafadar, Gülru Necipoğlu, Parimal Patil, and Nicholas Watson. Read More

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Prof. Rabb at History Department Faculty Book Tour

ILSP Director Intisar Rabb will join other distinguished faculty at Harvard University History Department’s annual Faculty Book Tour. Prof. Rabb’s book “Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law” will be one of the featured works. Read More

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Addressing Violence Against Women in Muslim Countries

ILSP Director Kristen Stilt will moderate a panel discussion on “Addressing Violence against Women in Muslim Countries.” Panelists include Salman Sufi, Jacqueline Bhabha, Rihab Elhaj, and Aisha Mukhtar. Sufi was one of the drafters and defenders of the Punjab Women Protection Act and has also been one of the few male champions for gender equality. The discussion will highlight the prevalence and causes of violence against women in Pakistan, Libya and Jordan, with focus on the role of culture and religion, and institutional responses to violence against women. Read More

You Don’t Know What Pain Is: Affect, Religion, and Animal Ethics

Professor Donovan Schaefer (Departmental Lecturer in Science and Religion, University of Oxford) will discuss his new book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke University Press, 2015). The conversation will be moderated by Kimberley Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. Read More

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American Empire and the Muslim Experience

The Harvard Muslim Law Students Association holds its first annual symposium examining how US laws and policies, deployed both domestically and abroad, shape the American Muslim experience. The goal of the symposium is to explore how laws and policies embedded in the US and international legal systems contribute to and sustain anti-Muslim violence at home and abroad. ILSP Director Intisar Rabb will participate in the panel “Do Government Counter-Extremism Programs Violate the First Amendment?” on Friday, April 1. Read More

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How Did the Salafiyya Become an Ideology?

Henri Lauzière, Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University, will give a public lecture, “How Did the Salafiyya Become an Ideology?” This talk examines the historical process by which Salafis came to be associated with a purist and comprehensive religious orientation that embraces the entire gamut of Islamic beliefs and practices, from theology to etiquette. Read More