Islamic studies today 2005
Baber Johansen Teaches Islamic Law at Harvard Divinity School
Baber Johansen was born in Berlin, Germany where he earned his Ph.D. at Freie Universität Berlin. He then served on the faculty there and later at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Centre d'étude des normes juridiques) in Paris. In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Islamic Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School, where he taught until his retirement in 2020. Professor Johansen has also been an affiliated professor at Harvard Law School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and has served as acting director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program and the director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has also been a faculty associate and a member of the executive committee of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Johansen’s publications include Muhammad Husain Haikal Europa und der Orient im Weltbild eines ägyptischen Liberalen (1967), Islamic Law on Land Tax and Rent (1988), and Contingency in a Sacred Law: Legal and Ethical Norms in the Muslim Fiqh (1999).