Islamic and American Law Scholar
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Intisar Rabb is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. As an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School, Instisar A. Rabb taught in the areas of advanced constitutional law, criminal law, and comparative and Islamic law. She is also a Research Associate at the Harvard Law School Islamic Studies Program and a 2010 Carnegie Scholar, and was awarded a grant for her research entitled “Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique,” a study of criminal law reform in the Muslim world. Her focus in research deals with the intersections of criminal justice, legislative policy, and the judicial system in American law and in that of the Middle East and larger Muslim world. Rabb holds a B.A. with honors from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton. Her dissertation analyzed the history and function is legal tenets in Islamic law, and won the Princeton Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for Best Ph.D. Dissertation. She previously served as a law clerk in the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and was a Temple Bar Scholar in the U.K. through the American Inns of Court. Intisar is a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association and the Princeton Graduate School Leadership Council, while actively involved with the Yale Law School Middle East Legal Studies Seminar. Having traveled far and wide, she is fluent in Arabic and Persian with reading proficiency in French, German, and Spanish.