In the age of COVID-2019, we at the Islamic Law Blog have curated a set of essays on the theme of pandemics in Islamic history and thought. Leading scholars and advanced students of Islamic law and history comment on the phenomena of plagues and epidemics across centuries and geographic boundaries, giving us an opportunity to collectively reflect about how much has changed, and how much has not.
Enjoy the first three contributions to the Pandemic Roundtable below, and look out for several more essays in the coming weeks.
By Younus Mirza, Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University
By Şevket Pamuk, Professor of Economics and Economic History at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul.
By Justin Stearns, Associate Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
By Ari Schriber, PhD Candidate, Harvard University