Last Modified: December 2, 2022
SHARIAsource ( “we” or “us”) refers to online research platforms developed at the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and its SHARIAsource Lab. SHARIAsource offers content and context on Islamic law that is accessible to academics and data scientists, journalists and policy makers, and the general public through a portal for primary source content (developed with support from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society), an academic blog for researcher-informed context, and a suite of other platforms. The work of SHARIAsource is governed by common principles of academic engagement including multiple perspectives, peer reviewed material, free and open exchange of ideas, and ethical use of sources. SHARIAsource is not a religious organization or an advocacy group.
By using the Platform, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract with SHARIAsource and that you meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use the Platform.
Your continued use of the Platform following the posting of the Updated Terms means that you accept and agree to the changes. You are expected to check this page from time to time so that you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you.
Accessing the Platform and Account Security
We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the Platform, and any service or material we provide on it, at our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of the Platform is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Platform, or the entire Platform, to users, including contributors and other registered users.
You are responsible for:
If you choose, or are provided with, a user name, password, or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You also acknowledge that your account is personal to you and you agree not to provide any other person with access to this Platform or portions of it using your user name, password, or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your user name or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session if your computer is not private or otherwise secured from other users. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.
Intellectual Property Rights
The Platform and its inherent features and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, together with the design, selection and arrangement thereof, excluding Material as described in the Contributor Agreement below, are owned by SHARIAsource, its licensors or other providers of such material and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.
Creative Material, as defined in the Contributor Agreement is protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International License. You are free to copy and redistribute the Creative Material in any medium or format and are free to remix, transform, and build upon the Creative Material. Neither SHARIAsource nor the Contributor can revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the CC BY-NC license terms. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made to the original Creative Material. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests SHARIAsource or the Contributor endorses you or your use. You also may not use the Creative Material for commercial purposes. Finally, you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from using the Creative Material in a manner permissible under the CC BY-NC license. All Creative Material is subject to the terms of the Contributor Agreement.
Third-Party Material, as defined in the Contributor Agreement, is subject to and protected by applicable law, including, without limitation, domestic and foreign intellectual property laws.
All Contributed Material must comply with the Content Standards, outlined below, as well as with the SHARIAsource Editor Handbook, Contributor Handbook, and Style Guide (collectively, “Content Handbooks”). These Content Handbooks will be provided separately.
The SHARIAsource and PIL name and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are trademarks of SHARIAsource or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of SHARIAsource. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans on this Platform are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Additionally, you agree not to:
The Platform may contain message boards, chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards, and other interactive features (collectively, “Interactive Services”) that allow users to post, submit, publish, display, or transmit to other users or other persons (hereinafter, “post”) content or materials (collectively, “User Contributions”) on or through the Platform. User Contributions do not include Material as defined in the Contributor Agreement.
Any User Contribution that you post to the Platform will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any User Contribution on the Platform, you grant us and our affiliates and service providers, and each of our and their respective licensees, successors and assigns, the right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute, and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose.
You represent and warrant that:
You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any User Contributions that you submit or contribute, and that you, not SHARIAsource, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy and appropriateness.
We are not responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by you or any other user of the Platform.
Monitoring and Enforcement; Termination
We reserve the right to:
Without limiting the foregoing, we retain the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Platform. You waive and hold harmless SHARIAsource and its affiliates from any claims resulting from any action taken by any of the foregoing parties during or resulting from its investigations and from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either such parties or law enforcement authorities.
However, we cannot review all material before it is posted on the Platform, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or content provided by any user or third party. We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section. We will, however, comply with any notices of copyright infringement pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
These content standards apply to any and all Contributed Content. Contributed Content must in its entirety comply with all applicable federal, state, local, and international laws and regulations.
Without limiting the foregoing, Contributed Content must not:
Material, as defined in the Contributor Agreement, is also subject to the Content Handbooks as well as the specific terms of the Contributor Agreement.
If you believe that any Contributed Content violates your copyright, please see our Copyright Policy below for instructions on how to send us a notice of copyright infringement. It is SHARIAsource’s policy to terminate the user accounts of repeat infringers.
Reliance on Information Posted
The information presented on or through the Platform is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this information. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to the Platform, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk.
This Platform includes content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, bloggers, and third-party licensors. All statements and/or opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by SHARIAsource, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the SHARIAsource. We are not responsible or liable to you or any third party for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties.
Changes to the Platform
We may update the content on this Platform from time to time, but its content is not necessarily complete or up-to-date. Any material on the Platform may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.
Information About You and Your Visits to the Platform
Users Located in the European Economic Area
If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway (the “European Economic Area”), please see Additional EEA Privacy Disclosures for information about ways that certain Harvard University Schools, Centers, units and controlled entities, including this one, may collect, use, and share information about you.
Other Terms and Conditions
Linking to the Platform
You may link to our homepage, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval, or endorsement on our part without our express written consent.
You agree to cooperate with us in causing any unauthorized framing or linking immediately to cease. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
Links from the Platform
If the Platform contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to access any of the third-party websites linked to this Platform, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such websites.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Your use of the Platform, its content, and any services or items obtained through the platform is at your own risk. The Platform, its content, and any services or items obtained through the Platform are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Neither SHARIAsource nor any person associated with SHARIAsource makes any warranty or representation with respect to the completeness, security, reliability, quality, accuracy, or availability of the Platform, its content or any services or items obtained from the Platform. Without limiting the foregoing, neither SHARIAsource nor anyone associated with SHARIAsource represents or warrants that the Platform, its content, or any services or items obtained through the Platform will be accurate, reliable, error-free, or uninterrupted; that defects will be corrected; that our site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components; or that the Platform or any services or items obtained through the Platform will otherwise meet your needs or expectations.
SHARIAsource hereby disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, including but not limited to any warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, and fitness for particular purposes.
The foregoing does not affect any warranties that cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
Limitation on Liability
In no event will SHARIAsource, its affiliates or their licensors, service providers, employees, agents, officers, or directors be liable for damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with your use or inability to use the Platform, any websites linked to it, any content on the Platform or any services or items obtained through the Platform, including any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, including but not limited to those claimed for personal injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of business or anticipated savings, loss of use, loss of goodwill, loss of data, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract, or otherwise, even if foreseeable.
The foregoing does not affect any liability that cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
This Agreement, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a state or federal court in Suffolk County or Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.
Waiver and Severability
Your Comments and Concerns
This Platform is operated by SHARIAsource, an affiliate of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138.
All notices of copyright infringement claims should be sent to the copyright agent designated in our Copyright Policy below in the manner and by the means set forth therein.
All other feedback, comments, requests for technical support and other communications relating to the Platform should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Modified: November 15, 2016
REPORTING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
We take claims of copyright infringement seriously. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law. If you believe any materials accessible on or from this site (the "Platform") infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access to them) from the Platform by submitting written notification to our Copyright Agent (designated below). In accordance with the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512) ("DMCA"), the written notice (the "DMCA Notice") must include substantially the following:
Our designated Copyright Agent to receive DMCA Notices is:
Tracy Lee Walden
1414 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. 02138
617 496 8515
If you fail to comply with all of the requirements of Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA, your DMCA Notice may not be effective.
Please be aware that if you knowingly and materially misrepresent that material or activity on the Platform is infringing your copyright, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) under Section 512(f) of the DMCA.
If you believe that material that you posted on the Platform was removed or access to it was disabled by mistake or misidentification, you may file a counter-notification with us (a "Counter-Notice") by submitting written notification to our copyright agent (identified below). Pursuant to the DMCA, the Counter-Notice must include substantially the following:
Completed Counter-Notices should be sent to:
Tracy Lee Walden
1414 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. 02138
617 496 8515
The DMCA allows us to restore the removed content if the party filing the original DMCA Notice does not file a court action against you within ten business days of receiving the copy of your Counter-Notice.
Please be aware that if you knowingly materially and misrepresent that material or activity on the Platform was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) under Section 512(f) of the DMCA.
It is our policy in appropriate circumstances to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who are repeat infringers.
Last Modified: December 2, 2022
This agreement (the “Agreement”) is between SHARIAsource, an initiative of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138 (“SHARIAsource” or “PIL: SHARIAsource”), and the Content Contributor (“Contributor”). The parties agree as follows:
MATERIAL. This Agreement concerns the contributed material (“Material”), defined as either (i) creative content developed or created by Contributor and provided by Contributor for use by SHARIAsource (“Creative Material”), or (ii) content collected and provided by Contributor for use by SHARIAsource (“Third-Party Material”). The Material includes, by way of example and without limitation, any and all text, visual designs, visual elements, graphic design, illustration, photography, animation, sounds, typographic treatments and text, and arrangement and coordination of such elements incorporated in or developed in connection with the Material.
AUTHORSHIP RIGHTS IN CREATIVE MATERIAL. Contributor shall retain authorship rights in any and all Creative Material he or she contributes, subject to the rights granted to SHARIAsource.
LICENSE. SHARIAsource does not claim any ownership in the Material provided to it and used on the SHARIAsource platform (the “Platform”). In accordance with this Agreement, Contributor grants SHARIAsource a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to incorporate any and all Creative Material on the Platform and all associated educational, advertising, marketing, publicity, promotional, web, and other related materials in any and all media now known or hereafter devised and to reproduce, translate into other languages, and distribute the Material on the Platform in perpetuity. Contributor will not grant any licenses to SHARIAsource concerning Third-Party Material.
CREATIVE COMMONS. Contributor authorizes SHARIAsource to make the Creative Material available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International License. For more information on the Creative Commons licenses, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.
WARRANTY. Contributor represents and warrants that: (i) Contributor has the legal right and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform its obligations under this Agreement; and (ii) the performance of Contributor’s obligations and the Material provided hereunder will not violate any applicable laws or regulations or cause a breach of any agreements with any third parties.
Contributor further represents and warrants that SHARIAsource need not obtain any additional permissions and/or make any additional payments other than as set forth in this Agreement in order to use the Material in the manner contemplated herein, including but not limited to permissions from and/or payments to book publishers, unions, and/or Contributor’s organizations.
VIOLATION OF PROVISIONS. Violation of any of the provisions of the Agreement may, at SHARIAsource’s sole discretion, result in termination of Contributor’s account and/or restriction of Contributor’s access to the SHARIAsource Platform and/or its services.
INDEMNIFICATION. Contributor shall indemnify, defend, save, and hold harmless SHARIAsource; SHARIAsource’s successors, assigns, and licensees; and SHARIAsource’s respective officers, directors, agents, and employees, from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees), arising out of or in any way connected with the Material, the use of the Materials in the Platform, or otherwise relating to this Agreement.
TERRITORY. The rights granted under this Agreement shall be granted worldwide in all languages.
TRANSFER OF RIGHTS. This Agreement shall be binding on any successors and assigns of the parties in perpetuity.
INTEGRATION. This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and may not be modified or amended except in writing signed by both parties.
SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid or enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
MODIFICATION. SHARIAsource reserves the right to modify the provisions of this agreement. Contributor will be notified of any changes to this Agreement and will have the opportunity to terminate the Agreement. Termination will not result in removal of any Material provide by Contributor, unless the Material violates the provisions of the Agreement.
NO WAIVER. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party’s right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.
GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE. The parties agree that this Agreement, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a state for federal court in Suffolk County or Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.