News & Events


Paul Beran Joins SHARIAsource as Executive Director

Dr. Paul Beran has joined the Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program as Executive Director of SHARIAsource—the online platform designed to provide content and context on Islamic law. Beran comes to ILSP from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the Associate Director of Academic Ventures. Prior to his work at Radcliffe, Beran was Director of the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. Read More

Kristen Stilt Wins Prize for Journal Article on “Contextualizing Constitutional Islam”

ILSP Director Kristen Stilt was recently awarded the 2016 I•CON Prize for the most outstanding article published in Volume 13 of the International Journal of Constitutional Law. I•CON ‘s Board of Editors and the Scientific Advisory Board awarded Stilt the prize for her article, “Contextualizing Constitutional Islam: The Malayan Experience.” The article proposes a contextual approach to constitutional Islam and uses it to examine the making of the Federation of Malaya independence Constitution of 1957. Read More

2016–2017 HLS Courses

Each year, Harvard Law School and Harvard University offer a variety of courses related to Islamic law. Check out the coming year’s list! (More courses added/updated as the summer progresses.) Read More

Congratulations Class of 2016!

ILSP offers hearty congratulations to the more than 700 JD, LLM, and SJD students who graduated from Harvard Law School on May 26 amidst a full slate of Commencement activities. The Program has been fortunate to have known and worked with many of these young scholars in various capacities: student, research assistant, event organizer, and enthusiastic participant in Program activities. We offer our best wishes for success in the varied endeavors on which they now embark. Congratulations HLS Class of 2016! Read More

ILSP Spring 2016 Newsletter

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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

HLS Exam Period

ILSP would like to wish HLS other Harvard University students much success during the year’s final exam period! Read More


American University Cairo’s Shahab Ahmed Memorial Room

In February 2016, members of the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at American University in Cairo initiated a development campaign to raise funds for the naming of a Shahab Ahmed Memorial Room on the new AUC campus.  The drive was successful and a plaque was installed in conjunction with a memorial event held in Ahmed’s honor on March 9, 2016. Read More

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Prof. Rabb at History Department Faculty Book Tour

ILSP Director Intisar Rabb will join other distinguished faculty at Harvard University History Department’s annual Faculty Book Tour. Prof. Rabb’s book “Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law” will be one of the featured works. Read More

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ILSP Directors to Present at Yale Workshop on Islam, Law, and Mobility in Asia

ILSP Directors Intisar Rabb and Kristen Stilt will participate in Yale University’s workshop “Sharia in Motion: Islam, Law, and Mobility in Asia.” The workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on Islam in Asia. It seeks to foster a dialogue between research on Islamic legal cultures in Asia and scholarship exploring themes of mobility, including travel, networks, and translation. The workshop builds on growing interest in studying how Islamic law travels across different jurisdictional, linguistic, and cultural spaces. Read More