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The Decline of Doubt in Islamic Law

The Mohannad Malas Lecture presented by Intisar A. Rabb

September 1, 2015, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, Room EDU 1131 (map)

A reception will follow the lecture

Image of Intisar A. Rabb 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 received a B.A. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. She also served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

She is the author of Doubt in Islam, which explores a controversial popular notion about Islamic law today, which is that Islamic law is a divine legal tradition that has little room for discretion or doubt, particularly in Islamic criminal law. Despite its contemporary popularity, that notion turns out to have been far outside the mainstream of Islamic law for most of its history. More about Prof. Rabb >

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