News & Events


Harvard Global LGBTQ Conference

ILSP: LSC, a co-sponsor of the Harvard Global LGBTQ Conference, “A Call to Action: Advocacy, Agency, and Alliances for a Changing World,” is pleased to support speakers on two of the event’s panels, “Bridging Differences: Engaging Faith Communities” and “Queer Immigration: Refugees and Criminalization.” Event details can be found on the conference website and FaceBook page. Read More

HLS Lambda Conference

HLS Lambda’s LGBTQ Advocacy Conference, “Incomplete Justice: The Ongoing Struggle for LGBTQ Equality in Our Local Communities,” will include a panel on “Battling Homophobia in the Muslim Community,” moderated by Professor Kristen Stilt, Faculty Director for ILSP: Law and Social Change. Read More

Early Islamic Courts Conference Honors Roy Mottahedeh

As a flagship project of the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP), SHARIAsource hosted conference on Courts and Judicial Procedure in Early Islamic Law (632-1250 AD) on May 6th at Harvard Law School. Convened by Professors Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Abigail Balbale (Bard Graduate Center) to honor Dr. Roy Mottahedeh, who is retiring as the Gurney Professor of History at the University after thirty years of service, the conference gathered some 100 legal scholars, experts, and practitioners from various continents, including Europe, Asia, and North America. 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

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

SHARIAsource convening conference group photo

SHARIAsource Holds Convening Conference, Kicks Off Private Beta Site

On September 18th, ILSP and the Berkman Center co-hosted a convening conference that brought together experts in academia, policy, journalism, communications, technology and library sciences. Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, and Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Center, provided opening words of welcome and support, and Intisar Rabb, Editor-in-Chief of SHARIAsource, presented the timeline for the initiative and invited participants to explore its prospects for far-reaching impact in journalism, policy, and the academic study of Islam. Read More

Muslim Advocates Educational Seminar

Muslim Advocates, in partnership with the New England Muslim Bar Association and Muslim Justice League, invites you to register now for our next Legal and Financial Educational Seminar for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits & Mosques.  The event will feature top-level expert attorneys and accountants covering topics such as nonprofit governance, financial & accounting best practices, and more. ​ We invite all board & executive committee members, imams, directors, senior staff, key volunteers, attorneys, and accountants to attend. Early Registration Closes Next Week. Read More

HLS Interfaith Conference

The HLS Christian Fellowship, Jewish Law Students Association, Muslim Law Students Association, Catholic Law Students Association, and Latter-Day Saints Student Association are hosting the 2nd Annual Harvard Law School Interfaith Conference on “Forgiveness and the Law.” There is no official conference registration—come for as much of the day as you can!  Lunch and snacks will be served throughout the day. Read More