Recent Scholarship: Chaudhry on Islamic Legal History

Prof. Faisal Chaudhry recently wrote an article in Law and History Review discussing legal modernization in nineteenth-century India:

“Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century Domestication of the Sharīʿa: Marriage and Family in the Imaginary of Classical Legal Thought and the Genealogy of (Muslim) Personal Law in Late Colonial India”

This article reevaluates a common view about legal modernization as a process of “domesticating” sharīʿa to the sphere of family affairs and personal status. It suggests that domestication should be seen as part of the globalization of classical legal thought after 1850.