Intisar A. Rabb is a professor of law at Harvard Law School, a professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the faculty director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She is the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and has held appointments as an associate professor at New York University’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at New York University School of Law and as an assistant professor at Boston College Law School. Rabb previously served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a Temple Bar Scholar in London with the American Inns of Court, and as a Carnegie Scholar for her work on contemporary Islamic law.
In 2015, in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, with support from the Henry Luce and MacArthur Foundations, and in collaboration with myriad scholars and institutions, Rabb launched SHARIAsource, an online portal designed to provide universal access to the world’s information on Islamic law and history and to facilitate new research with the use of AI tools. She has published on Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015); the edited volumes Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts (Harvard University Press, 2017), with Abigail Krasner Balbale, and Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), with Michael Cook et al.; and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, on Islamic legal canons, and on the early history of the Qur'an text. Rabb received a BA from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.