Cover of A History of the Encyclopedia of Islam by Peri Berman

Peri Bearman Visiting Fellow, AY 2019-2020

Peri Bearman is the Islamic Studies editor of the Journal of the American Oriental Society (JAOS) and independent scholar. Until her retirement in 2009, she was the Associate Director of the former Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She is the author of A History of the Encyclopaedia of Islam (2018); one of five editors of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed. (1960–2004) and of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (2014); and coeditor of The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law (with Ruud Peters, 2014), The Law Applied: Contextualizing the Islamic Shari‘a (with Wolfhart Heinrichs and Bernard G. Weiss, 2008), and The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution, and Progress (with Ruud Peters and Frank E. Vogel, 2005). She served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) from its foundation in 2004 to 2012 and its President from 2015 to 2018.