October 2, 2017

Fellows Archive 2


Mubasher Hussain (Pakistan)


Salma Waheedi (Bahrain)

Visiting Fellow, Law and Social Change
May 2016–August 2017
Research Topic: “Interfaith Marriage in Islamic Law: Doctrine and Application”


Adel Gamar (USA)

January 2016–June 2016
MPA, Harvard Kennedy School
Research Topic: Examining the Challenges in Forming a Viable Constitution in a Post-Gaddafi Libya

Bogac A. Ergene (USA)

September 2015–December 2015
Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont
Research Topic: Halal Food: A Historical and Legal

Febe Armanios (USA)

September 2015–December 2015
Associate Professor of History, Middlebury College
Research Topic: Halal Food: A Historical and Legal Exploration


Meagan Froemming (USA)

Froemming_fellows_archive_thumbnailJ.D. New York University School of Law
Research Topic: The Promise of Culturally-Specific Development: Using Islamic Finance to Grow Rule of Law in Afghanistan

M. Shahab Ahmed (USA)

Ahmed_fellows_archive_thumbnailAssociate Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University, with a joint appointment between the Committee on the Study of Religion and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Research Topic: Freedom of Expression and Ottoman Islam

Dörthe Engelcke (Germany)

Engelcke_fellows_archive_thumbnailD.Phil. candidate, University of Oxford
Research Topic: Family Law Reform Processes in Morocco and Jordan: Legal and Societal Change and Continuity in Authoritarian Monarchies”


Serena Tolino (Italy / Switzerland)

Fall 2013
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Topic: Eunuchs in Medieval Islamic Law: Discourses on the Gender of Castrated Men

Ayman Shabana (Qatar / United States)

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Services in Qatar, Georgetown University
Research Topic: Paternity Regulations between Islamic Law and Bioethics

Lu’ayy Minwer Al Rimawi (United Kingdom)

Spring 2014
Director of Studies, Doctoral Programme, London School of Commerce; Co-Director, MA Programme in Islamic Financial & Business Law, BPP University
Research Topic: Comparative Aspects of Prospectus Liability under Islamic General Law in Arab Countries (Sharīʿa), the United Kingdom, and the United States

Tahsin Özcan (Turkey)

Professor of Islamic History, Head of Turkish History Branch, Marmara University, Theology Faculty, Islamic History Department
Research Topic: Waqf and Civil Society: Management of Foundations from the Ottomans to the Republic of Turkey

Shariq Nisar (India)

Director, Research and Operations, Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions
Research Topic: Application and Accommodation of Sharīʿa Financial Concepts in Secular Jurisdictions

Fachrizal Halim (Canada / Indonesia)

PhD, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada
Research Topic: The Digital Madhhab: Reformulation of Islamic Legal Authority in the New Media


Luqman Zakariyah (Nigeria / United Kingdom)

Lecturer in the Study of Islam and Muslims, Al-Maktoum College (Nigeria); Honorary Teaching Fellow, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
Research Topic: Legal and Moral Questions in Contemporary Islamic Commercial Transactions: Comparative Analyses between Malaysia and the United Kingdom

Walter Young (Canada)

Spring 2013
PhD, McGill University
Topic: The Dialectical Forge: On the Formative Dynamic of Jadal in Islamic Law

Maaike Voorhoeve (Netherlands)

Researcher, Law Faculty, University of Amsterdam
Research Topic: The Sharia in the Constitution of Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Ayang Utriza (France / Indonesia)

PhD Candidate, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France
Research Topic: The Register of the Qāḍī Court of the Sultanate of Banten, 1754–56: Philological, Historical, and Legal Studies on the Archive of Kiyahi Peqih Najamuddin

Huma Sodher (Pakistan / United Kingdom)

PhD Candidate, Bangor University
Topic: Post-Financial Crisis Legal and Regulatory Trends: Implications on Islamic Banking Laws and Regulations

Roy Mottahedeh (United States)

July 2012–June 2013, Affiliate in Research
Gurney Professor of History, Harvard University

Mohd Na’im Mokhtar (Malaysia)

Director, Family Support Division, Department of Syariah Judiciary
Topic: Enforcement and Execution of Maintenance Order by the Syariah Court of Malaysia: Issues of Separation of Power and Conflict of Interest

Guy Burak (Israel)

Post-doctoral Scholar, PhD New York University
Research Topic: “Towards a Connected Legal History: A Comparative Study of the Ottoman, Uzbek, and Mughal Legal Systems”

Olgun Akbulut (Turkey)

Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Kadir Has University
Research Topic: The Harmonization of Islamic Religious Rights with Secular Laws: What Does the Turkish Model Provide?


Aron Zysow (United States)

Fall 2011
Independent Scholar
Topic: Itjihād: Its Nature and Function

Umar Oseni (Malaysia / Nigeria)

Post-doctoral Scholar and Lecturer, International Islamic University Malaysia
Research Topic: Dispute Resolution in Islamic Banking and Finance: Current Trends and Future Perspectives

Tamir Moustafa (Canada)

Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University School for International Studies
Research Topic: Islamic Law and Women’s Rights

Qudsia Mirza (United Kingdom)

Spring 2012
Independent Scholar
Research Topic: Interrogating Islamic Equality

Yoram Meital (Israel)

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University; Chairman, Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy
Research Topic: Tales of Courts and Jails: The Construction of Hegemony and Resistance in Republican Egypt

Ismail Cebeci (Turkey)

Spring 2012
Researcher, Oxford Center for Islamic Studies
Research Topic: Producing New Contract Types: A Viable Solution for Modern Islamic Finance?


Maliheh Zare (Iran)

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tehran
Research Topic: Islamic Capital Markets: A Challenge of Fundamental Rules in the Modern Era

Omri Paz (Israel)

Post-doctoral Scholar, Ph.D. Tel Aviv University
Research Topic: In a “Nanny State” of Mind: 19th-Century Criminal Procedure, Welfare Policy, and Ottoman Modernity

Erol Ozvar (Turkey)

Associate Professor, Marmara University
Topic: Loan Contracts in the Late Sixteenth-Century Bursa

Kambiz Behi (Iran/United States)

Spring 2011
Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University
Topic: Islamic Constitutionalism

James Baldwin (United Kingdom / United States)

Fall 2011
Post-doctoral Scholar, PhD New York University
Research Topic: Law and Political Struggle in Ottoman Cairo

Abdurrahman Atcil (Turkey)

Fall 2010
Post-doctoral Scholar, PhD University of Chicago
Research Topic: Sultan, Bureaucracy, and Law in the Early Modem Ottoman Empire 1450–1600

Sanaz Alasti (Iran / United States)

Spring 2011
Post-doctoral Scholar, Golden Gate University School of Law
Research Topic: What Is Wrong with Capital Punishment: Contemporary Practice of the Death Penalty in Islamic Countries and the United States?


Intisar Rabb (United States)

July 2009 – June 2012, Affiliate in Research
Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Research Topics: Comparative Law and Legal History; Law of the Middle East and the Muslim World; The Internal Critique: Change in Contemporary Islamic Criminal Law

Gideon Libson (Israel)

Professor, Hebrew University Law School, Jerusalem
Topic: Maimonides’ Halakhic Writing against the Background of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence of the Period

Leonard Wood (United States)

PhD Candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Research Topic: The Reception of European Law, Origins of Islamic Legal Revivalism, and Transformations in Islamic Jurisprudence in Egypt, 1876–1960

Eugenia Kermeli (Turkey)

Spring 2010
Lecturer in History, Bilkent University
Research Topic: Custom in Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Society

Jiyoung Yang (South Korea)

Associate Director, Financial Supervisory Service, South Korea
Research Topic: Risk Management in Islamic Finance from the Regulatory Perspective

Hauwa Ibrahim (Italy / Nigeria)

Independent Scholar
Research Topic: Humanizing Sharī’a – A Memoir on the Human Face of a Legal Practice

Iza Hussin (United States)

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Research Topic: Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Negotiated Muslim State

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker (Turkey / United States)

September 2009 – June 2011
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
Research Topic: Towards Islamic Legal Reform: A Study of Islamic Family Law as a Part of Property, Slavery, and Jihād Law and a Proposal for its Modernization

Marie-Claire Foblets (Belgium)

Professor of Anthropology, Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Law
Research Topic: Cultural Diversity and Legal Practice: Islamic Practices and Civil Law in Europe

Guy Bechor (Israel)

Fall 2009
Lauder School of Government, Strategy and Diplomacy, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Research Topic: The Courtroom Oath as a Legal Battlefield


Asghar Schiraz (Germany / Iran)

Fall 2008
Independent Scholar, Berlin
Research Topic: Ethnic Conflict in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Farhad (Cavard) Khosrokhavar (France)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran
Research Topic: International Commercial Arbitration, Dispute Settlement of Intellectual Property

Muhammad Ali Bahmaei (Iran)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran
Research Topic: International Commercial Arbitration, Dispute Settlement of Intellectual Property

Ismail Acar (United States)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Bard College
Research Topic: Stoning in the Islamic Tradition


Himmet Taskomur (United States)

September 2007 – June 2009
PhD Candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Research Topic: Religion, Law and Politics: Ḥanafism in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Empire

Rudolph (Ruud) Peters (Netherlands)

Professor of Islamic Law, University of Amsterdam
Research Topic: Sharīʿa and Colonial Public Policy: Criminal Law in British Indian and Colonial Nigeria

Ahmed El Shamsy (United States)

September 2007 – June 2009
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
Research Topic: From al-Shāfiʿī to Shāfiʿism: The Formation of Doctrine among Early Shāfiʿīs

Murteza Bedir (Turkey)

Associate Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence, Sakarya University
Research Topic: Ḥanafī Wāqiʿāt Literature of the Tenth to Fourteenth Centuries

Kilian Bälz (Germany)

Spring 2008
Attorney-at-Law, Frankfurt, Germany
Research Topic: Sharīʿa Risk? How Islamic Finance Has Changed Our Understanding of Islamic Law


Aron Zysow (United States)

Fall 2006
Independent Scholar
Research Topic: Twelver Shīʿite Legal Theory

Michael Winter (Israel)

Spring 2007
Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University, Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies
Research Topic: The Status and Functions of Qāḍīs in Late Mamlūk and Early Ottoman Damascus

Şükrü Özen (Turkey)

Research Fellow, TDV Centre for Islamic Studies, Istanbul
Research Topic: Ijtihād in the Age of Taqlīd: The Ottoman Tobacco Debate During the 17th and 18th Centuries

Martin Lau (Germany/United Kingdom)

Reader, SOAS, University of London
Research Topic: Twenty Five Years of Islamic Criminal Laws in Pakistan: An Analysis


Aron Zysow (United States)

Independent Scholar
Research Topic: Twelver Shīʿite Legal Theory

Emad al-Din Shahin (United States)

Associate Professor, American University in Cairo
Research Topic: Contemporary Arab Political Thought: A Century of Debates

Bruce Rutherford (United States)

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Research Topic: Islamic Constitutionalism in Egypt

Eric Chaumont (Belgium / France)

Researcher, CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, France
Research Topic: Shāfiʿī Jurist Abū Isḥāq al-Shīrāzī

Engin Akarli (United States)

Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History and Professor of History, Brown University
Research Topic: Law in the Marketplace: Istanbul Artisans, 1730-1840


Sadiq Reza (United States)

Spring 2005
Associate Professor, New York Law School
Research Topic: Islam’s Fourth Amendment

Mitsuo Nakamura (Japan)

Visiting Scholar at CMES, Housed at ILSP
Professor Emeritus, Chiba University
Research Topic: Civil Society and Islam in Southeast Asia: Post-9/11 and Bali Bombings Perspectives

Hisako Nakamura (Japan)

Research Topic: Religion, State, and Society in Post-Suharto Indonesia: A Study of Public Discourses on Islamic Law

Samantha Knights (United Kingdom)

Barrister, Gray’s Inn, London
Research Topic: Islam, Religious and Cultural Diversity, and Discrimination in the European Union

Nimrod Hurvitz (Israel)

September 2004–June 2006
Associate Professor, Ben Gurion University
Research Topic: The Ḥanbalī School in the 9th and 10th Centuries from a Social and Political Perspective

Dorthe Bramsen (Denmark)

Spring 2005
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Copenhagen
Research Topic: Ijtihād or Taqlīd? A Study of the Principles of Interpretation in Saudi Arabian Legal Thought


Selma Zecevic (United States)

Ph.D. candidate, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Research Topic: Women on the Margins of Legal Texts: Gender and Hermeneutics in Late Ottoman Bosnia

Kristen Stilt (United States)

PhD candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Topic: Crimes and Punishments in Mamlūk Egypt

Arif A. Jamal (Canada / United Kingdom)

PhD candidate, University College London, United Kingdom
Research Topic: A New Framework for Accommodating Religiosity and Secularism in Muslim Societies


Yudian Wahyudi (Canadan / Indonesia)

Post-doctoral Scholar, McGill University, Canada
Research Topic: The Problem of Psychologism in Qur’anic Legal Hermeneutics; Sharīʿa and State in Egypt, Morocco, and Indonesia: Intellectual Responses

Jeff Redding (United States)

Independent Scholar
Research Topic: The Islamization of Laws and Legal Systems Process in Pakistan

Mohsen Kadivar (Iran)

Professor of Philosophy, Tarbiat Modares University
Research Topic: Islamic Theology and Philosophy; Political and Legal Thought in Islam

Laya Joneydi (Iran)

Associate Professor of Private Law, University of Tehran
Research Topic: A Comparative Study of Commercial Arbitration in Islamic Law and Other Major Contemporary Legal Systems

Nicolas Hardy (France)

Ph.D. candidate, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Research Topic: Legal Reasoning Used to Create Alternative Financial Instruments in Islamic Banking

Hassan Abbas (Pakistan)

Research Topic: Interpretations of Jihād


Eyyup Sait Kaya (Turkey)

Professor of Law, University of Saragossa
Research Topic: Legal Pluralism

Zoila Combalia (Spain)

Professor of Law, University of Saragossa
Research Topic: Legal Pluralism

Muhammad al-Atawneh (Israel)

Ben Gurion University, Israel
Research Topic: Fatwās and Iftāʾ in Saudi Arabia


Nejdet Ertug (Turkey)

Assistant Professor, Sakarya University
Research Topic: Istanbul Court Records

Birgit Krawietz (Germany)

Research Topic: Demons (jinn) as Co-Creatures of Human Beings in Islamic Culture

Richard Freeland (United Kingdom)

Fall 2000
Barrister, Legal Journalist
Research Topic: The Treatment of Islamic Law in American Courts


Abdullah S. Al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
Research Topic: Crimes against the Environment in Islamic Jurisprudence

Elizabeth Sartain (United Kingdom)

Fall 1999
Associate Professor of Arabic Studies, American University Cairo
Topic: The Role of “Man-Made” Law (’urf) in Islamic Government


Wan Mohd. Nazri Wan Osman (Malaysia)

Spring 1999
Senior Legal Officer, Bank Negara
Research Topic: Identifying Insurance Services Consistent with Principles of Shari’a

Abdul Rahim al-Saati (Saudi Arabia)

November 1998–August 1999
Deputy Director, Center for Research in Islamic Economics, King Abdulaziz University
Research Topic: Risk Management in Islamic Financial Investment

Muhammad A. Sid-Ahmad (Malaysia / Sudan)

Professor, International Islamic University Malaysia
Research Topic: Women’s Testimony in Islamic Law of Evidence: New Perspectives


Gouhar Bilal (Pakistan)

May 1998 – January 1999
Faisal Bank, Ltd.
Research Topic: Islamic Tradable Instruments

Aron Zysow (United States)

Independent Scholar
Research Topic: Problems in the History of Islamic Legal Theory

Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq (Bangladesh)

Professor, Islamic University, Bangladesh
Research Topic: Commercial Law and Contractual Relations in Muslim Bengal from 1205–1707

Tayeb Ahmed Dajani (Kuwait / Palestine)

Fall 1997
Head, Islamic Banking Department, National Bank of Kuwait
Research Topic: Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Shari’a-Compatible Financial Instruments


Raphael Abiem (Sudan)

Spring 1997
Research Topic: Women: Barometers of Human Rights in Islam

Dr. Nik Norzrul Thani bin Nik Hassan Thani (Malaysia)

Assistant Professor of Law, International Islamic University
Research Topic: The Supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions in Malaysia

Fatimah Binta Iliasu (Nigeria)

Professor, Bayero University in Kano
Research Topic: The Marriage Contract in Islam

Dr. Ezzat Mohammed Aly El-Behiry (Egypt)

Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Shari`a of Al-Azhar University
Research Topic: A Comparative Study of Islamic Law and the Principles of International Commercial Contracts in Accordance with Lex Mercatoria Rules

Mehmet Akif Aydin (Turkey)

Professor, Marmara University
Research Topic: Codification of Islamic Law in the Ottoman State and its Effects on Other Muslim Countries


Hanif Al-Qassimi (U.A.E.)

Spring 1996
Associate Professor, United Arab Emirates University
Research Topic: A Comparative Analysis of Islamic Law as Taught at Harvard Law School and at

Imran Nyazee (Pakistan)
[February–October 1996] Professor of Law, Faculty of Shari’ah and Law, International Islamic University
Research Topic: The Modern Corporation and Islamic Law

Grace Samaha (Lebanon / United States)

Attorney, New York and Lebanon
Research Topic: Islamic and Arab Contract Law


Ghulam Saqlain Masoodi (India)

Senior Lecturer, University of Jammu
Research Topic: Jinayet (Tort) in Islamic and English Laws – Parallels and Distinctive Features