Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program is dedicated to promoting cutting-edge research and providing access to interdisciplinary resources on the academic study of Islamic law, with an emphasis on legal history, law and society, and comparative law. The Program facilitates and sponsors individual scholarly research and collaborative research projects. It also sponsors lectures, workshops, conferences, and other events to both facilitate exchange among scholars and to educate the HLS, HU, and broader intellectual community. The geographic area of interest of the ILSP includes the local, national, and global, spanning both Muslim majority and minority communities in regions such as the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The Program is neither a religious nor an advocacy organization, but rather aims to foster excellence in the study of Islamic law in an atmosphere of open inquiry.
The Program supports the Islamic law collection in the Harvard Law School Library, and provides faculty, students, and visitors the opportunity to take advantage of Harvard’s unparalleled library holdings. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of junior and senior scholars of Islamic law, who are also able to access the Library’s rich store of Islamic law materials. The Student Support Program provides scholarships and research grants for several students at Harvard Law School each year.
The Program also collaborates with other individuals and programs at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, and other universities and institutions worldwide to advance the study of Islamic law.