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Intisar Rabb
Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138
United States
Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law and History at Harvard and a director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. She also holds an appointment as Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She previously served as an Associate Professor at NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at NYU Law School, and as an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School. She teaches courses in Islamic law and history, criminal law, and legislation / statutory interpretation. In 2015, she received awards from the Luce and MacArthur Foundations to launch SHARIAsource – an online portal for content and context on Islamic law, designed to combine Islam with data science. She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph, Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press 2015), an edited volume, Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (with Michael Cook et al., Palgrave 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic legal canons, and on the early history of the Qur'an text. She received a BA from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.
Sub Areas
History Of Religion
Islamic Law
Islamic Studies
Middle East/Near East Studies
7th-13th Centuries
Andalusi Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
Islamic World
North America
Islamic Constitutionalism
Legal Maxims (Amer Law & Islamic Law)
History Of The Qur'an Text/Mss.
Arabic (fluent)
French (intermediate)
German (intermediate)
Persian (advanced)
Spanish (intermediate)
Turkish (elementary)
DPhil | 2009 | NE Stds (Islamic Law) | Princeton University
JD | 2006 | Amer Law | Yale Law Sch
MA | 2005 | NE Stds | Princeton U
BA | 1999 | Col of Arts 7 Sci | Georgetown U