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Digital Islamic Law Lab: Online Analysis of Islamic Legislation and Interpretation or return to Course Catalog Search


Harvard Law SchoolIntisar Rabb
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Fall 2018  (show academic calendar)M   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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<p><strong>Location:</strong> This class will meet in Austin 102.</p> <p><strong>Prerequisite:</strong> Enrollment is limited to 12 students and is by permission of the instructor. A prior course in Islamic Law is helpful, but not necessary. Interested students should email Professor Rabb (irabb@law.harvard.edu): (1) a resume, (2) a two-paragraph statement of interest that details (a) any prior background or familiarity with Islamic law, and (b) the proposed topic(s) or sources for four short essays on primary sources of legislation, judicial decisions, or other historical and contemporary legal documents from the Muslim world. All applications for current students are due August 1, 2018. Additional slots will be open in the fall, for which applications are due September 4, 2018. Students will be notified after this date of their status in this course.</p> <p><strong>Exam Type:</strong> No Exam</p> <p>This course provides an opportunity for students interested in assessing the way Islamic law functions in contemporary and historical contexts to work on discrete research projects in a collaborative, interactive setting. Students will select one or more topics in legislation and interpretation in a Muslim-majority or Muslim-minority country to explore during the semester. Typical research areas may include (but are not limited to) issues of Islamic criminal law, family law, and comparative constitutional law. We will meet six times over the course of the semester, and will schedule tailored library-research sessions and a short tutorial for uploading materials onto an online blog. Students will be evaluate on the basis of four short papers (500-1000 words), to be published as individual posts with accompanying primary sources used on the online portal or blog for SHARIAsource.com-a portal for content and context on Islamic law. The sources and analysis for the site are modeled on an Islamic-law version of WestLaw and SCOTUSblog. Students will also have opportunities to track online debates, engage with leading scholars in the field, and identify new developments and sources for Islamic law related to their chosen research projects.</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12</p> <p><strong>Drop Deadline:</strong> September 18, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST</p>

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