*As of September 2021, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.
My research interests lie at the intersection of twentieth-century Islamic intellectual history and Islamic legal history in the Middle East and North Africa. I am particularly interested in investigating the evolving usages of Islamic legal norms in colonial and post-colonial courts. My dissertation (June 2021), "The End of Sharīʿa? Adjudicating the Moroccan-Mālikī Legal Tradition in Colonial-Era Morocco (1921-1956)," examines the intellectual and institutional manifestation of the Islamic legal tradition in colonial-era Moroccan courts. It pays special attention to the discursive modes and textual sources by which judges—in both sharīʿa courts and colonial French courts—adjudicated Islamic inheritance and property concepts and the extent to which increasing state judicial regulations affected this process. I am currently revising the dissertation for a monograph, provisionally entitled: Twentieth-Century Sharīʿa: The Islamic Court Tradition in the Nation State.
My previous work (masters thesis, 2013) examined legal debates concerning ritual and confessional politics among interwar-period Lebanese Shīʿī and Egyptian religious scholars. I am also very interested in using digital humanites methods for Islamic studies and Arabic-language print materials, and I am currently involved in a long-term digital humanities project at Harvard's Tunis Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
- PhD, Harvard University, 2021 (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)
- American Institute of Maghreb Studies Research Fellow, 2018-2019 (Rabat, Morocco)
- Fulbright IIE Research Fellow, 2013-2014 (Rabat, Morocco)
- AM, Harvard University, 2013 (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)
- BA, University of Virginia (Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies)
Languages: Arabic, Persian, French, and German for reading
Email: schriber [at] g [dot] harvard [dot] edu
Select Writings: http://harvard.academia.edu/AriSchriber
Islamic Law Blog (April 2020): "A Precedent for the Unprecedented: Historical Reflections on Plague, Quarantine, and Islamic Law in Morocco"
Podcast Interview (September 2019): "Moroccan Shari'a in the Age of Colonialism"