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ILSP: LSC Second Annual Film Series: Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in the Muslim World

During the Fall Semester, please join us for our second annual film series, focusing on Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in the Muslim World. We have four films confirmed: The Long Season, Sittwe, The Judge, and Half a Life. Read More


ILSP: LSC Winter Term Travel Grants Awarded

ILSP: Law and Social Change offers yearly travel grants up to $1,000 to Harvard Law School students or Harvard University graduate students pursuing research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. We are pleased to announce that grants have been awarded to nine students for winter-term 2018 research. Read More

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ILSP Fellowships

Both ILSP: Law and Social Change and ILSP: SHARIAsource offer fellowships that provide opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law that furthers the Program’s mission. See more here. Read More

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ILSP Paper Prize on Islamic Law for HLS Students

Islamic Legal Studies Program Prize on Islamic Law (Cambridge, MA). Each year the Law School awards several prizes for the best papers written by Harvard Law… Read More

NY Court Ruling Against a Muslim Man’s Attempt to Unilaterally Divorce His Wife

Abed Awad, U.S. Editor, summarizes one of his recent cases on family law in which the plaintiff claims his maʿzūn-authenticated ṭalāq defers judgment of the divorce to… Read More

Call for Papers – Workshop on Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia

The Harvard South Asia Institute, the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program, and the Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia.The workshop will bring together experts to exchange ideas as an initial step toward the goal of a broader collaborative research project. Academics, practitioners, and others with backgrounds in law, the sciences, animal welfare, environmental studies, religious studies, cultural studies, economics, and public policy are encouraged to apply. Read More

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Text, Knowledge, Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa

Thursday 16 February, 2017 Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School   6:45-7:00 PM: Introductory Remarks by David Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School and William Graham, Murray… Read More

Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World

Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, with support from the Harvard Human Rights Program, is pleased to announce its first film series, “Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World.” Throughout the Spring semester, we will showcase films that highlight women’s struggles, conflicts, and triumphs across the region. The films cover a broad range of themes, including political and social activism, marriage, divorce, education, and sports. Read More

Understandings of Sharia and U.S. Law and Policy Designed to Solve Conflicts

Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founding Editor-In-Chief of SHARIAsource; Leila Mooney, Senior Program Officer, Center for Governance, Law and Society, USIP; Palwasha Karkar, Senior Program Officer, Religion and Inclusive Societies, USIP; and Manal Omar, Associate Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, USIP. The discussion will explore the contours of sharīʿa (Islamic law) in the development and critique of policies designed to solve conflicts. The program will consist of experts on Islamic law and foreign policy in discussion with a diverse range of policymakers and executors. The event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program’s SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School and the United States Institute of Peace. More information to come. Read More

MESA Panel on Islamic Law as Early International Law

At the MESA Conference on November 20, SHARIAsource Editor Will Smiley served as discussant for a thematic conversation on “International Law, Sovereignty and Subjecthood in… Read More