Intisar A. Rabb, a scholar in Islamic law and legal history, is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe and a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, where she will direct the Islamic Legal Studies Program.
Rabb is creating a database to gather legislation, court cases, and commentary on Islamic law and will focus on the legal history aspect of her work, particularly courts and judicial procedure in Islamic law. She previously taught Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and law at New York University School of Law. Her book The Benefit of Doubt: Legal Maxims in Early Islamic Criminal Law is forthcoming in 2014 from Cambridge University Press.
In 2009 Rabb joined the Harvard Law School community as an affiliate in research at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, a position which lasted until the summer of 2012, when she transitioned to visiting associate professor of law. She was also a faculty fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2011–2013. A graduate from Georgetown University with a BS/BA in government and Arabic, Rabb went on to earn an MA in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Islamic law from Princeton.