Past Events

2005-2006 Film Series
2005-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010

2005-2006

September

Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Divorce Iranian Style
, a film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 5:15 pm, 125 Mt. Auburn Street. This film is presented as part of the ILSP 2005-2006 Film Series.

October

Saturday, October 1, 2005 & Sunday, October 2, 2005
Workshop on Comparative Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries

Please click here for a complete program.

Monday, October 10, 2005
Contemporary Indonesian Legal Developments
a conversation with Professor Daniel Lev, 1:30 to 3:00 pm, 125 Mt. Auburn Street.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
The Islamic States and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (Articles 16 and 18)
a lunchtime lecture by Dr. M. Amin al-Midani, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, HLS Campus, Pound 418. Presented with the Human Rights Program.

November

Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Close Up
a film by Abbas Kiarostami, 5:15 pm, HLS Campus, Pound 108. (In Farsi with English subtitles - 1 hour 40 minutes) Refreshments and informal discussion will follow. This film is presented as part of the ILSP 2005-2006 Film Series.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The Quest for Social Justice in Afghanistan: Legal Challenges, Afghan Perspectives
a lunchtime lecture by Ansar Rahal, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, HLS Campus, Lewis 302.

December

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Indonesia's New Constitutional Court: A Preliminary Appraisal
a lunchtime lecture by Mark Cammack, 12:30 to 2:00 pm, HLS Campus, Pound 419. Presented with the East Asian Legal Studies Program.

February

Saturday, February 11, 2006
Seminar on Legal Careers in Islamic Finance
presented by the Islamic Finance Project, 10 am to 1 pm, HLS Campus, Hauser Hall 102.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Towards a Muslim-American Literature
a lecture by Murad Kalam ('02), 6:00 pm, HLS Campus, John Chipman Gray Room, Pound Second Floor. There will be a reception and book signing before the lecture from 5pm. Presented with Islam in the West.

March

Friday, March 10, 2006
How and Why Does Law Change? A Comparative Analysis of the Abolishment of Slavery in the Western and Islamic Legal Systems
a panel discussion with Justice John T. Noonan, Jr. (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) and Ismael Musah Montana (York University). Discussants: Harvard University Professors Baber Johansen and Cemal Kafadar. 4:00 to 6:00 pm, HLS Campus, Austin Hall, Morgan Courtroom. Presented with Harvard European Law Association.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The Jurist as Educator: Al-Azhar Scholars in the Experience of a Former Student
a lunchtime lecture by Ahmad Atif Ahmad, 12:00 to 1:15 pm, 125 Mt. Auburn St.

Thursday, March 16, 2006
Iran and the Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
a panel discussion with Kaveh L. Afrasiabi (Center for Strategic Research), Matthew Bunn (Harvard University), Flynt Leverett (Brookings Institute), and Barry R. Posen (MIT). Moderated by Xenia Dormandy (Harvard University). 4:00 to 6:00 pm, HLS Campus, Austin West. Presented with International Legal Studies.

April

Thursday, April 6, 2006
I Need a Solution (Urid Hallan)
a film by Saeed Marzouk, 5:30 pm, HLS Campus, Langdell North. (119 minutes) Light dinner buffet from 5:15 to 5:30; Informal discussion after the film. This film is presented as part of the ILSP 2005-2006 Film Series.

Friday, April 14, 2006
Legal Reform in Morocco: Views of a Moroccan Feminist Dissident
a talk by Nadia Yassine, with discussants Emad Shahin (American University of Cairo) and Ann Mayer (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), 4:00 to 5:30pm, HLS Campus, Pound 102. A reception and book signing will follow the discussion from 5:30 to 6:15. Presented with the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 & Sunday, April 23, 2006
7th Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance.

May

Monday, May 1, 2006
Muslim Women of South Asia
, a lecture by Dr. Sona Khan, 4:30 to 6:00pm, HLS Campus, Pound 334. Presented with the Human Rights Program.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Who - and What - Were the Early Shafi`is?: Mapping the Terra Incognita of the Ninth Century
, a lecture by Ahmed El Shamsy (Ph.D. Candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies), 12:30 - 2:00pm, 125 Mt. Auburn St.

Friday, May 26, 2006 through Sunday, May 28, 2006
The Law of Waqf: Origins to Ottoman-Era Maturity.

 

2006-2007

September

Friday, September 8, 2006 through Sunday, September 10, 2006
V International Conference on Islamic Legal Studies: Lawful and Unlawful Violence in Islamic Law and History.

November

Friday, November 17, 2006
Islamic Finance 101: Introduction and Career Opportunities
a seminar organized by the Islamic Finance Group, Harvard Law School, with Ibrahim Warde (Tufts University), Taha Abdulbasseer (Harvard University), and Aamir Rehman (HSBC, USA), 3-5 pm, HLS Campus, Hauser Hall Room 102.

December

Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16, 2006
Muslims in Europe and in the United States: A Transatlantic Comparison
a conference organized by Harvard University's Islam in the West Program, co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program. This event will be held at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies.

February

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Islamic Finance: Relevance & Growth in the Modern Financial Age a seminar presented by the Islamic Finance Project of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, in conjunction with the London School of Economics. Please note: this event will take place at the London School of Economics.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Salam Contract Workshop

10:00am to 6:00pm, Pound 332, Harvard Law School
The salam is a forward contract that has been used as a major tool for capital investment in unequal exchange. It has also played an important role in the transition of some Near Eastern economies to modern capitalist forms. The workshop will focus on the analysis of the function assigned to this contract in the diffusion of the textile industry in the Muslim world from the 8th to the 12th centuries, as well as in the transition to a capitalist agriculture in 19th-century Egypt and to a concentration of capital and political power in the hands of Palestinian entrepreneurs in the 19th-20th centuries. The workshop features presentations by Baber Johansen (Harvard Divinity and Law Schools), Kenneth Cuno (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Beshara Doumani (University of California, Berkeley).

March

Friday, March 30 & Saturday, March 31, 2007
Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries a symposium jointly supported by the Islamic Legal Studies Program and the Washington and Lee University Francis Lewis Law Center. Please note: this event will take place at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA.

April

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Financing the Poor: Towards an Islamic Micro-Finance a symposium presented by the Islamic Finance Project of the Islamic Legal Studies Program.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The Challenge of the Middle East to Constitutional Theory
a lecture by Prof. Chibli Mallat (Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, Saint Joseph University, Beirut & Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton), 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Langdell North, HLS Campus
There will be a reception starting at 5:00 pm in the Langdell North Lobby.

Thursday, April 26, 2007
Veiled Humor
an evening of comedy and discussion with Tissa Hami (Former Admission Coordinator, Office of International Development Programs, KSG), 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Ames Courtroom, HLS Campus
A panel on humor, ethnicity, and religion in times of crisis will open the event.
Co-sponsored by the Islam in the West Program.

May

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
The Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri's Lecture Series on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World
first lecture by Dr. Adel Omar Sherif (Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt) entitled "The Influence of Sanhuri's Teachings on the Constitutional Judiciary in Egypt", 4:00 to 6:00 pm, John Chipman Gray Room, Pound Hall, HLS Campus.

 

2007-2008

August

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
A Short Course on Select Issues in Islamic Financial Law
by Nizam Yaquby, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Lewis 301, HLS Campus.

November

Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri Lecture Series on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World
second lecture by Prof. Hossein Modarressi (Bayard Dodge Professor of Near East Studies & Professor of Islamic Law, Princeton University) entitled "Qur'an as a Legal Document: Tradition vs. Modernism", 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Harvard Faculty Club Library.

December

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Juristocracy vs. Theocracy: Constitutional Courts and the Reformulation of "Sacred Law"
a lecture by Ran Hirschl (Professor of Political Science & Law, University of Toronto; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Visiting Professor of Law, HLS), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, 125 Mt. Auburn St. 3rd Floor.

February

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Sukuk: Economic and Jurisprudential Perspectives a workshop organized by ILSP's Islamic Finance Project in partnership with the London School of Economics, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, London, UK.

Thursday, February 14, 2008
Fatwa as a Tool of Legal Interpretation: Waqi'at Literature of the 10th - 13th Centuries in the Hanafi School of Law
a lecture by Murteza Bedir (Associate Professor, Sakarya University, Turkey; 2007-2008 ILSP Visiting Fellow), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: 125 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor conference room.

March

Thursday, March 6, 2008
Between Blind Following and Critical Engagement: Early Shafi'i Conceptions of Taqlid
a lecture by Ahmed El Shamsy (Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University; 2007-2008 ILSP Visiting Fellow), 4:00 to 5:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: 125 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor conference room.

Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29, 2008
Teaching Islamic Law at American Law Schools a workshop held in conjunction with the AALS Section on Islamic Law. Location: Hauser Hall 105, Harvard Law School campus.

Monday, March 31, 2008
Sharia Law in Canada
a lecture by Michael Bryant (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Ontario; former Attorney Gerneral for the Province of Ontario), 3:00 pm. Location: Pound Hall 335 (HLS campus). Co-sponsored with the HLS International Legal Studies Program.

April

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Shari'a and Colonial Public Policy: Criminal Law in British India and Colonial Nigeria
a lecture by Rudolph Peters (Professor of Islamic Law, University of Amsterdam; 2007-2008 ILSP Visiting Fellow), 4:00 to 5:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Harvard Faculty Club.

Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Birth Hour of Islamic Law: Q. 4:12 and 176, Reexamined
a lecture by David S. Powers (Professor of Arabic Studies and History, Cornell University), 5:00 to 6:45 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Boylston Hall Auditorium. Co-sponsored with NELC.

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Joseph Schacht Revisited a workshop to discuss the state of the field of early Islamic legal history. Location: Hauser Hall 105, Harvard Law School campus.

Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri Lecture Series on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World
third lecture by Saadia Belmir (Counselor of the Moroccan Minister of Justice) entitled "The Legal Situation of Immigrants: Between Territorial and Personal Law (the Case of Personal Status Law)," 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Location: Pound Hall 213 (Law School campus).

Saturday, April 19, 2008 and Sunday, April 20, 2008
Eighth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance: "Innovation and Authenticity," preceded by the Pre-Forum Workshop on Microfinance.

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Shari'a in Europe: Islamic Norms in Secular European States
a lecture by Mathias Rohe (Chair for Civil Law, Private International Law, and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), with respondent Baber Johansen, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Location: Belfer Case Study Room, S 020, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St. Co-sponsored with the Islam in the West Program.

May

Thursday, May 1, 2008
Shari'a Risk? How Islamic Finance Has Changed Our Understanding of Islamic Law
a lecture by Kilian Bälz (Attorney-at-Law, Frankfurt am Main; 2007-2008 ILSP Visiting Fellow), 4:00 to 5:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: 125 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd floor conference room.

Friday, May 16, 2008 through Sunday, May 18, 2008
The Law of Waqf: Modern State Control and Nationalization a conference that explores colonial law vis-à-vis the waqf both as an institution and as physical property in the Muslim world before the independence of the colonized countries.

 

2008-2009

November

November 6, 2008
Harmonization of Shariah and Common Law in Malaysia: A Practical Approach the fourth Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri Lecture on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World, by The Honorable Abdul Hamid Mohamad, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Malaysia, 4:00–6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Harvard Faculty Club (20 Quincy Street, Cambridge)

November 12-14, 2008
a workshop on The Constitutional Judiciary in the Muslim World: Its Influence on the Interpretation of Constitutional and Legislative Texts, 1970 to 2008

December

December 2, 2008
Stoning in Islamic Law: Contextualizing Three Cases in the Early Medinan Period a lecture by ILSP's 2008 Visiting Fellow Ismail Acar (Bard College), 5:00–6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 332 (on the Law School campus)

February

February 18, 2009
The Written Culture of Early Islamic Law a lecture by ILSP's 2008-2009 Visiting Fellow Ahmed El Shamsy (Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University), 5:00–6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall John Chipman Gray Room, 2nd floor (on the Law School campus)

March

March 18, 2009
Inside Jihadism a lecture by ILSP's Spring 2009 Visiting Fellow Farhad Khosrokhavar (EHESS, Paris), 5:00–6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335 (on the Law School campus)

April

April 22, 2009
Law, Politics, and Religion Among Youth in Iran: The Case of the Holy City of Qum a lecture by ILSP's Spring 2009 Visiting Fellow Farhad Khosrokhavar (EHESS, Paris), 5:00–6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall John Chipman Gray Room, 2nd floor (on the Law School campus)

April 29, 2009
Ethnic Conflicts in the Islamic Republic of Iran a lecture by ILSP's Spring 2009 Visiting Fellow Asghar Schirazi (independent scholar, Berlin), 5:00–6:30 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall John Chipman Gray Room, 2nd floor (on the Law School campus)

May

May 5, 7, 11, 13, 2009
Intensive Seminar Reading Legal Documents from the Judean Desert: The Impact of Islamic Law on Bedouin Customary Law given by Aharon Layish, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

2009-2010

November

November 10, 2009 and November 12, 2009
Fifth Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri Lecture on Legal Interpretation in the Muslim World. The lecture, given by Prof. Badria Al-Awadhi, Director of the Arab Center for Environmental Law, and former Dean of the Law School at the University of Kuwait, will be held in two parts. The theme will be recent developments in family law in Arab countries. Tuesday lecture, "An In-Depth Study of the GCC Personal Status Law," 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Austin North, Harvard Law School campus. Thursday lecture, "Selected Progressive Issues in the Arab Family Codes," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pound Hall 107, Harvard Law School campus.

November 11, 2009
Panel discussion on Women's Rights and Nationality Law in the GCC Countries and the Protection of Environment in Islam.
Panel led by Prof. Badria Al-Awadhi, with Profs. Janet Halley, Marie-Claire Foblets, and Baber Johansen. Sponsored by ILSP, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for the Study of World Religions. Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

November 17, 2009
The Sanhuri Code and the Emergence of Modern Arab Civil Law, lecture by Guy Bechor (Lauder School of Government, Strategy and Diplomacy, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel; ILSP Visiting Fellow, Fall 2009), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

November 18, 2009
Islamic Finance Project panel discussion on Islamic Finance, Petrodollar Recycling, and Economic Development.
Paper presented by Mahmoud A. El-Gamal (Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Rice University, Houston, Texas). Panelists: Prof. Eric Chaney (Dept. of Economics, Harvard University), Prof. Samuel L. Hayes (Harvard Business School), Prof. Baber Johansen (Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Law School), and Prof. Jahangir Sultan (Bentley University). 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

November 30, 2009
Muslims under Secular Jurisdiction. A False Problem?
, lecture by Marie-Claire Foblets (Professor of Anthropology, Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, Belgium; ILSP Visiting Fellow, Fall 2009; Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Erasmus Lecturer on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders, Harvard University), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: John Chipman Gray Room, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School campus.

January

January 25, 2010
Practicing Law in Shariah Courts: Reflections of a Legal Practitioner, lecture by Hauwa Ibrahim (independent scholar, Nigeria, Italy; ILSP Visiting Fellow and HRP Visiting Fellow, 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

February

February 8, 2010
Jewish and Islamic Law: The Islamic Legal Background of Maimonidean Approaches, lecture by Gideon Libson (Professor, Hebrew University Law School, Jerusalem; ILSP Visiting Fellow 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

March

March 10, 2010
Paradoxes in Islamic Law – Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State, lecture by Iza Hussin (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts – Amherst; ILSP Visiting Fellow 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

March 22, 2010
Islamic Finance: A Comparative Study of Regulation, lecture by Jiyoung Yang (Financial Supervisory Service, South Korea; ILSP Visiting Fellow, 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

March 26, 2010 and March 29, 2010: Workshop on Islamic Law in the Law of National States in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. For a description and program agenda, please click here.

March 27, 2010 and March 28, 2010
9th Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance on "Building Bridges across Financial Communities," presented by the Islamic Finance Project. For more information on this event, please visit the IFP website at http://www.ifp.harvard.edu/ or contact IFP director Nazim Ali at ifp@law.harvard.edu.

March 29, 2010
An Islamic Legal Realist Critique of the Traditional Theory of Marriage and Divorce in Islamic Law, lecture by Havva Guney-Ruebenacker (S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School; ILSP Visiting Fellow 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

April

April 5, 2010
Legal Pluralism in the Ottoman Empire and the Role of Custom, lecture by Eugenia Kermeli (Lecturer in History, Bilkent University, Turkey; ILSP Visiting Fellow 2009–2010), 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Pound Hall 335, Harvard Law School campus.

April 12, 2010
Reconstructing the Golden Age of Comparative Law in Egypt, 1923-1952, lecture by Leonard Wood (Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; ILSP Visiting Fellow 2009–2010), 5:00 to 7:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Austin Hall East, Harvard Law School campus.