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What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women’s Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts

Please join us for a talk by Zainah Anwar, of Musawah, who will speak on the challenges faced by women’s groups living in Muslim contexts and their struggle to reform laws and practices made in the name of Islam that discriminate against women. She will share the initiatives of activists and scholars who are engaged in the production of new feminist and rights-based knowledge in Islam, and their efforts at creating a public voice at the national and international levels, pushing for the possibility and necessity of reform to uphold the principles of equality and justice.

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A Lunch Talk with Hala Aldosari on Challenges and Developments in Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

Saudi blogger and activist Hala Aldosari will join us to discuss the family laws of Arab Gulf states and the challenges and prospects of change.  She will focus on women’s legal capacity under these laws and discuss the current debates and controversies surrounding Islam, social customs, and legal reform in these countries. 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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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


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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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

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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

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Intisar Rabb Speaks at Mahindra Center’s New Faculty Lunch

Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law and Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will speak at the Mahindra Humanities Center New Faculty Lunch on Thursday, November 12. Read More