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Intisar A. Rabb

Professor of History, Harvard University
HRLI Grantee

Intisar A. Rabb is a professor of law, a professor of history, and the faculty director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. She has held the following appointments: Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, associate professor in New York University’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and the NYU School of Law, and assistant professor at Boston College Law School. Before these appointments, she 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 Carnegie Scholar for her work on contemporary Islamic law.

In 2015, in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, the Henry Luce and MacArthur Foundations, and other myriad scholars and institutions, she launched SHARIAsource – an online portal designed to provide universal access to the world’s information on Islamic law and history and to facilitate new research with the use of artificial intelligence tools. She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press 2015), the edited volumes, Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts (with Abigail Balbale, Harvard University Press, 2017) and Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (with Michael Cook, Najam Haider, and Asma Sayeed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic legal canons, and the early history of the Quran 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.

Featured Work: SHARIAsource portal, Program in Islamic Law