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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

Workshop on Animals in Comparative Constitutional Law

On February 18, 2016, HLS’ Animal Law & Policy Program and ILSP will hold a workshop on the intersection of animals, religion, and constitutional law. Presentations will address constitutional theory, institutional design, and case studies grounded in the constitutional experiences of particular jurisdictions or regions. Participants will also discuss topics that involve issues of religious law, such as the relevance of the halal and kosher debates to constitutional developments regarding animals (e.g., in Europe), and the religious dimensions of the constitutional protections for animals (e.g., in India).

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The Women’s Movement, Animal Welfare, and Islamic Law

As part of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law Week, Prof. Kristen Stilt (Harvard Law School, and Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program and Animals, Law, and Public Policy Program) will give a lecture entitled, “The Women’s Movement, Animal Welfare, and Islamic Law: Constitutional Animal Protection in Egypt.” Read More

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Evangelicals and Warlords: Christian Television in the Middle East

Febe Armanios (Associate Professor of History at Middlebury College and Fall 2015 ILSP Visiting Fellow) will deliver a lecture on “Evangelicals and Warlords: Christian Television in the Middle East, 1981-2000.″ Read More

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Qadi Justice: Cases and Controversies in Early Islamic Law and Society

Professor Intisar A. Rabb will deliver a lecture on “Qāḍī Justice: Cases and Controversies in Early Islamic Law and Society” as part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Fellows’ Presentation Series. The talk will take place on December 16, 4-5:30 pm, at the Institute’s Fay House, 10 Garden St. Read More

Ottoman Legal Studies from the Perspective of ‘Law and Economics’ Scholarship

ILSP Visiting Fellow Boğaç A. Ergene will speak on “Ottoman Legal Studies from the Perspective of ‘Law and Economics’ Scholarship.” The talk is the next in the Sohbet-i Osmani Lecture Series organized by Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Read More

Shari’a and the Sira Tradition

The Muslim Law Student Association at Harvard Law School launches its Shari’a Speaker Series, a series of discussions that delve into Islamic legal thought through the work of contemporary Islamic legal scholars, authors, and activists. At the first event of the series, Ustadh Ubaydallah Evans will discuss his scholarship on the Sirah of the Prophet and the evolution of Shari’a. He will  give a brief lunch talk on Shari’a as an intellectual tradition: its evolution, its tenants, and its interface with other legal systems. This event is co-sponsored by ILSP and Milbank. Read More