Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

  • In “The Textual Evolution of the Ottoman Şeyhülislams’ Fetvas: A Cross-Corpora Computational Analysis” (Der Islam 98, no. 2 (2021)), Bogac Ergene (The University of Vermont) and Atabey Kaygun (Istanbul Technical University) “use a mix of computational techniques to identify textual shifts in the Ottoman şeyhülislams’ fetvas between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.”
  • In “Compatibility between Modern IHL and Principles of Islamic Law of Conduct of War: A Comparative Analysis” (Islamabad Law Review 5, nos. 1-2 (2021)), Humna Sohail (International Islamic University, Islamabad) argues that “balancing effort between the military necessity and humanity” – a core tenet of international humanitarian law has a firmly-rooted history in Islamic law.
  • In Understanding Sharia Processes: Women’s Experiences of Family Disputes (Hart Publishing, 2021), Farrah Ahmed (Melbourne Law School) and Ghena Krayem (The University of Sydney) respond to the commonly-held notion that sharī’a family law processes in liberal legal systems put Muslim women at a disadvantage by focusing on Muslim women in Australia and their use of Islamic family law procedures and processes.

On Islam and Data Science:


This Field Guide to Islamic Law Online is an ever-growing collection of links to hundreds of links to primary sources and archival collections around the world, online. We recently added new resources to this list:

  • Digital Library of Astan-e Quds-e Razavi is a digital library containing books, manuscripts, and databases in Farsi.
  • Afghanistan Digital Library is a digital library whose objective is “to retrieve and restore the first sixty years of Afghanistan’s published cultural heritage. The project is collecting, cataloging, digitizing, and making available over the Internet as many Afghan publications from the period 1871–1930 as it is possible to identify and locate. In addition to books, this will eventually include all published serials, documents, pamphlets, and manuals.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Position opening: Research Associate-Fixed Term, Department of History, Michigan State University. Deadline: Review of applications will start on October 15, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Classical Islam, Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Deadline: Preference will be given to applications received by October 15, 2021.
  • Call for Abstracts: 6th IDHN Conference, November 17, 2021. Deadline: October 15, 2021.
  • Call for Applications: Usul Academy Honors Program in Comparative Islamic Studies, Fall 2021. Deadline: October 15, 2021.
  • Lecture Series: A Society in Transition: Property and Law in Arabic Documents from Toledo (11th-14th Centuries), First Session on October 18, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor Specializing in Middle Eastern or North African History, University of Dayton, Ohio, History. Deadline: October 18, 2021.
  • Joint Seminar: “Can the consent required for a religious divorce be secured by state coercion?,” Cambridge Socio-Legal Group/Cambridge Family Law on October 19, 2021.
  • Webinar: Paul Love on “Three Moons, Water Buffalo Skins, & Digital Codicology: Snapshots of Ibadi Muslim Manuscript Cultures in North Africa,” School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco on October 22, 2021.
  • Conference Panel: “An Islamic Version of The Dred Scott Problem: Has Slavery Always Been an Evil in Islamic Law or Have Juristic Sentiments Evolved?,” University of Wisconsin Law School on October 22, 2021.
  • AALS Islamic Law “Half Baked” Ideas Workshop on October 22, 2021.
  • Call for Applications: Research Associate – PersDoc Project, Oxford University. Deadline: October 22, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: “The X Islamic Legal Studies Conference,”International Society of Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS), London, May 19-21, 2022. Deadline: October 31, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: Legal Histories of Empire, Maynooth University, June 29 – July 1, 2022. Deadline: October 31, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor – Historian of Early Islam until 1250, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Middle East History, Utah University, July 2022. Deadline: November 5, 2021.
  • Call for Workshop: Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, The Law and Society Association, Summer 2022. Deadline: November 10, 2021.
  • AALS Islamic Law Webinar with Simonetta Calderini – Women as Imams on November 12, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: Comparative Law Work-In-Progress Workshop, University of Illinois College of Law, February 3-5, 2022. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
  • Call for Proposals: Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association Special Issue on Digital Ottoman Studies. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
  • Position opening: Wesleyan University, Art and Art History: Assistant Professor, in the arts and material culture of Africa. Deadline: Applications completed by December 1, 2021 will receive full consideration.
  • Position opening: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Princeton University. Deadline: December 10, 2021.
  • Call for Contributions: “Literary Snippets: Colophons Across Space and Time,” Institute for Advanced Study, April 1, 2022. Deadline: December 15, 2021.
  • Position opening: Open Rank Tenure Track Position, Islamic Art History, Pomona College, July 1, 2022. Deadline: January 1, 2022.
  • Short-Term Fellowships: New-York Historical Society, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Deadline: January 6, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: “The Middle Ages as a Digital Experience,” Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, April 21-23, 2022. Deadline: January 31, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Scholars of Places, Movement and Cultural Practices Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi. Deadline: until the position is filled.

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