ACU researchers are working with their counterparts at
Harvard University to help produce a new website that aims to improve access to
Sharia law and Islamic legal issues.
More than a billion people globally live in countries that
use legal systems linked to sharia—defined
quite broadly as the “divine word of God”—however it can be hard to easily
access reliable information about these legal traditions.
SHARIASource is designed for easy public consumption and will
gather basic information, primary and secondary sources, and scholarly debates
on topics spanning dozens of countries and more than 1,400 years of history.
The project is led by Harvard Law School (HLS) professor
Intisar A. Rabb and ACU professors have agreed to take charge of developing
content on Islamic law in Southeast Asia, including major Muslim countries like
Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
The site is intended as a platform for researchers to engage
with their peers. Contributors will also be responsible for thoughtfully adding
tags on subjects and themes to the database’s ever-growing network of sources
from around the world in order to help fellow researchers make connections
among different eras, regions, and areas of expertise.