Browse Projects & Special Collections


Projects constructed at Harvard by faculty, staff, and students in collaboration with global editors.

SHARIAsource StackLife is a compilation of the Islamic law related volumes at the Harvard Law School Library, organized in a new way for a different browsing experience. Project Team: Aslihan Bulut, Paul Deschner, Intisar Rabb

Country Profiles offers succinct overviews and resources for each country’s legal history, institutional structures, and legal status of Islamic law (sharīʿa). Project Lead: Aslihan Bulut

The Islamic Law Teaching Project houses collections of syllabi and other teaching material for Islamic law courses taught primarily in law schools of the US and UK. Project Lead: Intisar Rabb



Islamic law collections hosted by SHARIAsource, produced in collaboration with institutions or scholars of Islamic law.

The Nigeria Papers are a comprehensive collection of documentary materials and scholarly analysis on the programs of “sharīʿa implementation” undertaken by twelve northern Nigerian states beginning in 1999 and continuing today. The materials include, among much else, the various state statutes establishing Sharia Courts, Sharia Commissions, Councils of Ulama (scholars), Zakat and Endowment Boards, and ḥisba groups; Northern Nigeria Sharia Penal Codes and Criminal Procedure Codes as well as other criminal laws; select cases that have risen to international notoriety, such as the famous zinā (adultery) cases of Safiyatu Hussaini and Amina Lawal; and a great deal of information about how Northern Nigeria’s new Islamic laws are being applied and the new institutions are functioning. Lead Editor: Philip Ostien, Independent Researcher

The Online Companion to the print edition of al-Muwaṭṭaʾ, the Royal Moroccan Edition: The Recension of Yaḥyā Ibn Yaḥyā al-Laythī (Harvard Series in Islamic Law) accompanies the seminal English translation by Mohammad Fadel and Connell Monette, published by PIL/HUP in 2019. The authors selected the online companion’s materials with an eye towards elucidating al-Muwaṭṭaʾ’s historical, geographical, and political context. The materials include the original Royal Moroccan Edition’s Arabic text and full English translation, biographies of historical figures, historical maps, and recent scholarly commentary. Lead editors: Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) and Connell Monette (American Academy of Casablanca).


FURTHER RESOURCES: editors' picks

A curated list of resources on Islamic law and legal history (and citations guides), authored by individual SHARIAsource editors or picked by our senior editors to feature.

The Indigo Book is a citation manual published by Public Resource, Inc., that provides an "open and compatible implementation of a uniform system of citation." It is open source / public domain and unaffiliated with The Bluebook® A Uniform System of Citation®.

The Islamic Bioethics Project at Georgetown University in Qatar combines materials at the intersection of bioethics and Islamic law, and includes a database on Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics with resources from a broad spectrum of Islamic literature on biomedical ethics.