Finance in Religious Law: A Comparative Conference
Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Tuesday, December 10th 1pm – 5pm
Wednesday, December 11th 9am – 5pm
Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center and Clinical Wing (WCC Building)
Milstein West, Room 2019
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tuesday, December 10th 2013
1:00pm – 1:30pm Opening Remarks by Prof. Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Session I – “Finance & Religion: Foundations and Early History”
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Chair: Intisar Rabb, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Law, New York University School of Law and Tenured Faculty and Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School (2014).
Dr. Ibrahim Warde, Adjunct Professor, The Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University
"Finance, Moral Philosophy and Religion"
Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies and History,
"Jewish Commercial Practice in the Medieval Islamic World: Is It Really Between Jewish and Islamic Law?"
Rowan Dorin, Ph.D. Candidate in History,Department of History, Harvard University
“Canon Law and the Challenge of Usury in the Late Middle Ages"
4:30pm – 5:00pm Panel I Discussion Conclusion and Closing Remarks
5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception
Wednesday, December 10th 2013
Session I– “Commercial Challenges & Early Modernity”
9:00am – 12:00pm
Chair: Kristen Stilt, Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Professor of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, Northwestern School of Law
Ephraim Kanarfogel, University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law, Yeshiva University
"The Pre-Modern History of the Heter Iska: Investing and Extending Credit in Medieval Rabbinic Literature and Thought."
Wim Decock, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven and Research Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Legal History, Frankfurt am Main
"The Catholic Spirit of Commercial Capitalism?"
Erol Özvar, Professor, Marmara University
"A Shared Credit World: Legal Tools and Financial Practice among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Ottoman Society."
12:00pm – 1:30pm Private Lunch with talk by Professor Noah Feldman
Session II- “Contemporary Religion and Finance”
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Chair: Shayndi Raice, Banking Reporter, Wall Street Journal, New York
Daniel Finn, Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
“Catholic Social Thought and Finance: How Faith and Economics Connect”
Shariq Nisar, Senior Visiting Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School and Director at Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
“Contemporary Islamic Finance: An Overview”
Rabbi Ari Marburger, Rabbinic Court, Lakewood, New Jersey
“Banks, Mortgages, and Hedge Funds: Applying Jewish Law to Modern Finance”
4:30pm – 5:00pm Panel II Discussion Conclusion, Final Remarks and Adjournment
The Gruss Chair of Talmudic Civil Law,
The Program on Jewish Law,
The Islamic Legal Studies Program,
Harvard Law School
The Center for Jewish Studies
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