Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

  • In “Wearing the Niqab: Muslim Women in the UK and the US” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), Anna Piela (Northwestern University) argues that niqāb, the Islamic face veil, has become the ubiquitous symbol of “everything that is perceived to be wrong about Islam,” and further discusses how discussions surrounding its permissibility and regulation notably lack any representation of those who wear the niqāb.
  • In “Women as Imams: Classical Islamic Sources and Modern Debates on Leading Prayer” (I.B. Tauris, 2021), Simonetta Calderini (University of Roehampton, London) surveys the rich literature generated by Muslim jurists in the classical period on the controversial question of whether Muslim women can be imāms, conceptualized as the question of female prayer leadership.
  • In “Heresies of ‘Dune’” (Los Angeles Review of Books, November 19, 2020), Daniel Immerwahr (Northwestern University) discusses Frank Herbert’s authorship and how he incorporated, both successfully and unsuccessfully, Islamic references to his works.
  • In “The Political Risk of Converting Hagia Sophia Back into a Mosque in the Year 2020” (SSRN, October 1, 2020), Sampson M. Nathanailidis (National University of Kyiv) observes that the conversion of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque is a “momentous decision [with] far-reaching cultural and political implications given the centrality of the mosque to Turkish religiously charged politics.”
  • In “Introduction: The Roots of Islamic Piety” (Politicaltheology.com, October 16, 2021), Aaron Rock-Singer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), in his introduction to the symposium entitled “The Roots and Ruptures of Contemporary Islamic Piety,” argues for an interdisciplinary approach to examining Islamic piety, “foregrounded [in] ruptures within Muslim intellectual, social and cultural life.”
  • In “The Multiplicity of the Premodern Islamic Tradition”  (Politicaltheology.com, October 23, 2021), Marion Katz (New York University) takes issue with Talal Asad’s “rendition of Islamic tradition as a straightforward account of the continuities between premodern and modern Islam.”

On Islam and Data Science:

  • In “Impact of COVID-19 on the Stock Market: Evidence from the Banking Sector of UAE” (SSRN, October 20, 2021), Marzia Islam and Nejla Ould Daoud Ellili (Abu Dhabi University) “analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the stock prices of UAE banks,” concluding that “[t]he empirical results show that the stock prices of the banks in UAE are negatively and significantly impacted by the reported number of daily Covid-19 cases.”


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:

  • PDF Drive Turkey is a Turkish site for books in pdf form that covers a wide range of sources, including a “religion” section which contains many texts on Islam.
  • Taradhi is the Ministry of Justice’s (Saudi Arabia) “interactive digital platform and judicial legal database, allowing lawyers and interested parties to the judicial process. ‘Taradhi’ also allows [lawyers] to easily access all commercial judgments and judicial documents with flexible and interactive tools. The platform is aimed at judges, deputy judges, parties to proceedings, lawyers, prosecutors, academics and postgraduate students. The platform aims to promote justice and transparency and to provide a unified online platform for judicial information. ‘Taradhi’ currently comprises over 30,000 judgments and 2,500 subject classifications, and the contents of the portal are divided into six main sections.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Webinar: “Lift Every Voice: The Life and Legacy of Professor Lani Guinier ’74” Yale Law School, October 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History, William & Mary University. Deadline: November 15, 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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