This website is dedicated to the study and discussion of contemporary
Islamic legal thought. Although it is associated with a course being
taught at Harvard Law School
during Spring 2002, the site is intended for everyone interested
in a scholarly discussion of the topic. It is jointly sponsored
by the Islamic Legal Studies Program
and the Berkman Center
for Internet and Society.
To familiarize yourself with the course and our initial
scope of study, read the Course
Description and browse the Syllabus.
This site also hosts a discussion board,
inviting interested people from around the world to engage in a
focused dialogue about specific contemporary thinkers and the contemporary
legal practice of Muslim states. We hope you will join in. You can
also review an explanation of
the terms we use to discuss the theoretical contributions
of each the thinkers we are studying; much of the discussion on
board uses this framework. Finally, you will find a continuously
page that has general links on issues bearing on contemporary Islamic
legal issues, as well as links on contemporary thinkers.
We would love to have your feedback! If you would like to comment
on this site, please submit your thoughts on the discussion board.
You can provide general feedback in the discussion entitled “Guidelines
and Feedback,” or add works to our reading
list in the discussion entitled “Add to our Reading List”. We
hope to engage the extended Harvard community and the world at large
in the important issues that the course is confronting.