Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
On Leave - Spring Term
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.
Ph.D. (Islamic Law), Princeton University, 2009; J.D., Yale Law School, 2006; M.A. (Near Eastern Studies), Princeton University, 2005; B.A./B.S. (Government and Arabic), Georgetown University, with honors, 1999.
- Doubt in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) (ed. with Michael Cook, Najam Haider and Asma Sayeed)
- "The Islamic Rule of Lenity" 44 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1299 (2011)
- "Islamic Legal Maxims as Substantive Canons of Construction: Hudud Avoidance in Cases of Doubt," 17 Journal of Islamic Law & Society 63 (2010)
- “Administrative Decrees of the Political Authorities (Qanun): The Mamluk Period,” in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, ed. Stanley Katz et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 33-34.
- "“We the Jurists," 10 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 527 (2008)