The Decline of Doubt in Islamic Law

Image of of Intisar A. Rabb, courtesy of Harvard Law

Mohannad Malas Lecture by Intisar A. Rabb

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

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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. Her areas of interest include Legislation: Statutory Interpretation and Comparative and Foreign Law: Comparative Constitutional Law. She has conducted research in Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere. 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. More about Prof. Rabb >

Prof. Rabb 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.

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