Intisar A. Rabb

Harvard Law School

Professor of Law

1525 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/index.html?id=1054

Harvard University

Professor of History

1875 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

19

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2,054

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4

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Scholarly Papers (19)

1.

Islamic Legal Maxims as Substantive Canons of Construction: Ḥudūd-Avoidance in Cases of Doubt

Islamic Law and Society, Vol. 17, pp. 63-125, 2010, Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 199
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 03 Jul 2010
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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ambiguity, doubt, criminal law, ḥadīth, ḥudūd, interpretation, legal maxims, lenity, qawāʿid fiqhiyya, shubha/shubahāt

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'We the Jurists': Islamic Constitutionalism in Iraq

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 527, March 2008, Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Paper No. 08-48
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 30 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 06 Jul 2011
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, Islamic constitutionalism, democracy, legislation, religion

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Against Kadijustiz: On the Negative Citation of Foreign Law

Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. XLVIII, No. 343, 2015, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 15-11
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 08 May 2015 Last Revised: 27 Jun 2015
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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qadi, Islamic law, judicial procedure, citation of foreign law, comparative law, legal reasoning, interpretation, pathetic argument, statutory interpretation, constitutional law

The Curious Case of Bughaybigha, 661–883: Land and Leadership in Early Islamic Societies

Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, Edited by Intisar A. Rabb and Abigail Krasner Balbale (2017); ISBN 9780674984219
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 30 Nov 2017
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, property, legal canons, legal maxims, 'Ali, 'Abbasid, early Islamic courts, interpretation

The Curious Case of Bughaybigha, 661–883: Land and Leadership in Early Islamic Societies

Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, 2017
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 02 Aug 2019
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic Legal Minimalism: Legal Maxims and Lawmaking When Jurists Disappear

Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought, Michael Cook, Najam Haider, Asma Sayeed, and Intisar Rabb, eds. (New York: Palgrave, 2013)
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 27 Jun 2014
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic legal minimalism, Islamic law, Juwayni, jurisprudence

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Enforcement and Punishment in Medieval Islamic Law

Enforcement and Punishment in Medieval Islamic Law, in CULTURAL HISTORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN THE MEDIEVAL AGE (Sarah McDougall, Karl Shoemaker eds., Bloomsbury 2022) [Forthcoming]
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 16 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic crime and punishment, shari'a, siyasa, law enforcement, deterrence, criminal law theory, jurists, interpretation, Umayyads, 'Abbasids, Mamluks, Ottomans

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Conscience Claims in Islamic Law

Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground, 2019, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 19-40
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 31 Jul 2019 Last Revised: 05 Nov 2019
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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fatwa, religious exemption, first amendment, Islamic law, shari'a, interpretation, comparative law, gender, equality, civil rights

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Metacanons: Comparative Textualism

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 22-24
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 16 Jul 2022 Last Revised: 21 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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statutory interpretation, Islamic law, American law, comparative law, legal canons, canons of construction, textualism, Supreme Court, institutional dialogue, legislative supremacy, courts, congress, jurists, judges, justices

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Methods and Meaning in Islamic Law: Introduction

Journal of Islamic Law, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2021
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 11 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 12 Aug 2021
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, Islamic legal history, Islamic historiography, Islamic history, Islamic studies, Methods, Data science

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Islamic Legal Canons as Memes

Journal of Islamic Law, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2021, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-33
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 11 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 28 Oct 2021
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, Islamic legal history, Islamic historiography, Islamic history, Islamic studies, Methods, Data science, Memes, Legal Canons

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The Appellate Rule of Lenity

Harvard Law Review Forum, Vol 131 No 8, 2018
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 31 Jul 2019
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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statutory interpretation, legal canons, criminal law, lenity, circuit courts, supreme court, precedent, interpretation

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Legal Canons—In the Classroom and in the Courtroom or, Comparative Perspective on the Origins of Islamic Legal Canons, 1265–1519

Villanova Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 831-63, 2021
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 13 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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legal canons, legal maxims, canons of construction, statutory interpretation, qawa'id fiqhiyya, dawabit, furuq, judges, interpretation, Islamic law, shari'a, rule of lenity, Scalia, Ginsburg, Mamluks, jurists, fuqaha, ijtihad

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Foreword to the Symposium on Brunei’s New Islamic Criminal Code: The Codification of Islamic Criminal Law

Journal of Islamic Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2020
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 11 Aug 2021
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Forum, Islamic Criminal Code, Brunei, Islamic law

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The Least Religious Branch? The New Islamic Constitutionalism after the Arab Spring

UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, Vol. 17, 2013
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 16 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, shari'a, Islamic constitutionalism, Arab Spring, comparative constitutionalism, Egypt, secularizing effects, Ran Hirschl, SCC, Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, shari'a clause

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The Islamic Rule of Lenity

Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 44, No. 1299-1351, 2011
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 15 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic law, shari'a, statutory interpretation, comparative law, criminal law, rule of lenity, common law, legislative will, legislative supremacy, nondelegation

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Muḥammad Bāqir aṣ-Ṣadr, Lessons in Islamic Jurisprudence (Roy Mottahedeh trans., Oxford: Oneworld, 2003) (Book Review)

Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 30, 2005
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 18 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh), interpretation, Shi'i law, arguments, consensus, legality, jurist, mujtahid, faqih

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Giving Meaning to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Isfahan Merali & Valerie Oosterveld eds., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001) (Book Review)

Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 277, 2002
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 18 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
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human rights, international law, UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR

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Society and Propriety: The Cultural Construction of Defamation and Blasphemy as Crimes in Islamic Law

Intisar A. Rabb, Society and Propriety: The Cultural Construction of Defamation and Blasphemy as Crimes in Islamic Law, in ACCUSATIONS OF UNBELIEF IN ISLAM: A DIACHRONIC PERSPECTIVE ON TAKFĪR (Sabine Schmidtke, Camila Adang, & Hassan Ansari eds., Leiden: Brill, 2016): 434–64
Posted: 16 Jul 2022
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School

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'Reasonable Doubt' in Islamic Law

Posted: 29 Nov 2017
Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School

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Islamic Law, Doubt Canon, Criminal Law, Legal Maxims, Jurists, Jurisprudence, Interpretation, Hudud, Shubha, Islamic Legal History