Mariam Sheibani is Visiting Assistant Professor in History at the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at The University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2018, she received her PhD in Islamic Thought from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Before coming to the University of Toronto, Professor Sheibani was a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.
Her research interests are in Islamic intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on the theory and practice of Islamic law, Islamic ethical traditions, and contemporary Muslim thought. Her first book project, Islamic Legal Philosophy: Ibn ʿAbd al-Salām and the Ethical Turn in Medieval Islamic Law, examines how Muslim jurists from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries addressed salient questions of legal philosophy and ethics, leading them to develop competing legal methodologies and visions of the law. Other ongoing research projects investigate the construction of early Muslim identity, judicial practice in medieval Mamluk Cairo, and the re-negotiation of Muslim family law in contemporary Muslim thought. She also serves as Lead Blog Editor for the Islamic Law Blog and Forum Editor for the Journal of Islamic Law, based at Harvard Law School.
At the University of Toronto Scarborough, Professor Sheibani offers courses on Islamic history and seminars on early Islam and Islamic thought.