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Rabb, Intisar

Professor of Law, Professor of History
Harvard Law School


Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. She also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as a 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; and teaches courses in criminal law, legislation and theories of statutory interpretation, and Islamic law. She also served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a Temple Bar Fellow in London with the American Inns of Court, and as a 2010 Carnegie Scholar for her work on contemporary Islamic law reform. In 2015, she received awards from the Luce Foundation and the MacArthur Foundations for SHARIAsource – an online portal for content and context on Islamic law, designed to make available primary sources as well as informed scholarly commentary about them freely available. 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 maxims, 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.

DISCIPLINE
Law
SUB AREAS
History of Religion   
Islamic Studies   
Comparative   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Islamic Law   
7th-13th Centuries   
Andalusi Studies   
Medieval   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Maghreb   
Islamic World   
All Middle East   
North America   
SPECIALTIES
Amer Criminal Law   
Islamic Constitutionalism   
Legal Maxims (Amer Law & Islamic Law)   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Fluent)   
French (Intermediate)   
German (Intermediate)   
Persian (Advanced)   
Spanish (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
DPhil2009NE Stds (Islamic Law)Princeton University
JD2006Amer LawYale Law Sch
MA2005NE StdsPrinceton U
BA1999Col of Arts 7 SciGeorgetown U
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
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Intisar Rabb






Harvard Law School
Griswold 402
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
02138
United States
irabb@law.harvard.edu

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