Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

  • In “Discrimination Between Muslim Prisoners’ Kufis and Jewish Prisoners’ Yarmulkes Is Unconstitutional” (The Volokh Conspiracy, February 28, 2022), Eugene Volokh (UCLA Law) refers to the recent case of Moore v. Washington, which held that it was unconstitutional that “[t]he policy at issue made a facially discriminatory distinction between Jewish men, who could wear their religious head coverings at all time, and Muslim men, who could wear a kufi only in their cells or around religious activities.”
  • In “Afghan Taliban Views on Legitimate Islamic Governance” (United States Institute of Peace, February 28, 2022), Clark B. Lombardi (University of Washington School of Law) and Andrew F. March (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) argue that “if they are able to translate their requests into an Islamic paradigm that is informed by classical texts and the example of other modern Islamic states, then the Taliban might be convinced to move away from some of the most authoritarian and illiberal aspects of their first regime.”
  • Janna Aladdin reviews Nada Moumtaz‘s (University of Toronto) God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State (Oakland: University of California Press, 2021) for the Middle East Books Review.

On Islam and Data Science:

  • In “Author verification of Nahj Al-Balagha” (Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, January 20, 2022), Raheem Sarwar and Emad Mohamed (University of Wolverhampton), using various data science tools, confirm that Nahj Al-Balagha “is internally consistent and can thus be attributed to a single person” and “was not authored by either of the suspected authors.”
  • Zotero LibMed offers a rich “[b]ibliographical database about medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries).”


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PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Webinar: “’I Put My Fear for You above My Fear of You’: The Role of Emotions in Ibn al-Jawzi’s Political Thought,” Han Hsien Liew, Harvard University, March 11, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: Data Science Fellow, Program in Islamic Law. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Hedi Viterbo, Associate Professor of Law, March 11, 2022.
  • Social Media Internship Opportunity: The Muslim Women’s Giving Circle (MWGC). Deadline: March 15, 2022.
  • Position opening: Staff Attorney, The Center for Constitutional Rights. Deadline: March 18, 2022.
  • Research Associate: The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History. Deadline: March 31, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Mr. Shivan Fazil and Dr. Bahar Baser, April 8, 2022.
  • Persian Language Summer School by Aspirantum, Yerevan (Armenia), July 3, 2022 – August 27, 2022. Deadline: April 21, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: 2022 Temple Bar Scholarship. Deadline: April 30, 2022.
  • Postdoctoral position opening: Christian-Muslim communication, University of Konstanz. Deadline: April 2022.
  • Call for Applications: The MESA Global Academy 2022-2023. Deadline: May 1, 2022.
  • Conference: Clinical Legal Education, May 9-13, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Rania Kassab Sweis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, May 13, 2022.
  • Workshop: Intertextuality in Islamic and Jewish Law, June 21-23, 2022, University of Muenster.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 113th Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 6-9, 2022.
  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Position opening: Columbia University, The Department of Art History and Archaeology Barbara Stoler Miller Assistant Professor, Indian and South Asian Art History. 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.
  • Research Project: Historian/Researcher – Tudor Period/Elizabethan Era, and the Ottoman Empire during the Suleiman the Magnificent Period. Deadline: until the position is filled.
  • Call for Submissions: The UCLA School of Law’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).
  • Call for Manuscripts: Advances in the Study of Islam, Edinburgh University Press.
  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.

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