Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

  • Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond (ed. Élise Franssen, Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2022) “gathers eight contributions investigating the readings of different authors [of Islamic law] from different points of view,” with an emphasis on scrutinizing the works these authors have read.
  • In “The Pandemic and the Decline of Indonesian Democracy: The Snare of Patronage and Clientelism of Local Democracy” (Asian Political Science Review 5, no. 2 (2021)), Muhammad Habibi (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum Republik Indonesia) “research[es] how far theocratization has taken place in Indonesia during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • In “Religion” (in The Cambridge Companion to the Constitution of India, Aparna Chandra et al eds., 2022), Jeffrey A. Redding (University of Melbourne Law School) discusses “Indian jurisprudence on religion and religious liberty.”
  • In “A Theory of a State? How Civil Law Ended Legal Pluralism in Modern Egypt” (Journal of Law & Religion 37, no. 1 (2022)), Samy A. Ayoub (University of Texas at Austin School of Law) argues that al-Sanhūrī, the father of Egypt’s modern civil code, “was a committed comparatist, not a reformer of Islamic law,” who drew significant inspiration from French law.

On Islam and Data Science:

  • In “Governing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa: Containment Measures as a Public Good” (Middle East Law and Governance, forthcoming), Kevin Koehler (Leiden University) and Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl (Leiden University), using “statistical analyses covering the 1 January – 30 November 2020 period using the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) and [their] own original data,” “develop a theoretical argument based on the political costs of different policy options” to explain the various containment measures adopted by MENA countries in response to the pandemic.


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Global Calendar:

  • Position opening: Assistant Director for Research, The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Deadline: April 1, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Mr. Shivan Fazil and Dr. Bahar Baser, April 8, 2022.
  • Lecture on Comparative Law: “Metacanons: Comparative Textualism at SCOTUS and in Islamic Law” by Intisar Rabb, UC Berkeley Law, April 13, 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.
  • Conference on Kurdish Family Law, Harnack House in Berlin, June 2-4, 2022.
  • Workshop: Intertextuality in Islamic and Jewish Law, June 21-23, 2022, University of Muenster.
  • Conference: The Digital Orientalist’s Virtual Conference 2022, June 25, 2022.
  • 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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