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The Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is dedicated to facilitating and building three main academic fields of study: Islamic legal history and theory, Islamic law and society, and Islamic comparative law. Islamic legal history and theory includes the study of intellectual and social history, of any historical period–early, medieval, or early modern. This includes subjects ranging from Islamic legal theory and legal interpretation, legal maxims, and substantive law to legal institutions, judicial procedure, and important figures in Islamic legal history. Islamic law and society includes anthropological, sociological, and political scientific approaches to the study of Islamic law and law in Muslim societies in contemporary times. Islamic comparative law refers to research that places the study of legal doctrines, processes, and institutions in conversation with research on other legal systems, comparative legal history, comparative constitutional law, and other comparative approaches. In all three areas, the Program encourages interdisciplinary research as well as quantitative and qualitative empirical methodologies.