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About Intisar A. Rabb

Intisar A. Rabb is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, and a faculty director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program. She is also a member of the History Department and a Susan L. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches in areas of Islamic law and comparative law, criminal law, and advanced legislation or theories of statutory interpretation. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she taught at NYU in the Law School and the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department; and at Boston College Law School. She has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; subsequently worked with members of the bench and bar in the U.K. as a Temple Bar Scholar through the American Inns of Court; and is a 2010 Carnegie Scholar for studies in contemporary Islam. Rabb received a BA with honors from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. She has traveled for research to Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere. She speaks Arabic and Persian and has reading proficiency in French, German, and Spanish.


Present Faculty Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Present Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
Present Professor, History Department, Harvard University
Present Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, 2014-2019, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Research Interests

Islamic Law and Legal History, Comparative Law, Criminal Law, and Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

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Honors and Awards

  • Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellowship (2011)
  • Dissertation Prize (2010)
  • Carnegie Scholars Program (2010)


  • Spring 2013: On Leave

Contact Information

Intisar A. Rabb
Harvard Law School
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office Location:
Griswold Hall 402


Articles & Contributions to Books (11)

Books (2)

Encyclopedia Articles (8)

Shorter Pieces (1)

Dissertation (1)

Selected Professional Activities (18)