Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

On Islam and Data Science:

  • InModern money and Islamic banking in the light of Islamic law of riba” (International Journal of Finance & Economics, August 24, 2020), Muhammad Zahid Siddique (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan), surveying several monetary and banking systems, concludes that “[r]iba is not merely a matter of eliminating the institution of interest from economic system, it is about eliminating credit-based monetary or financial system because credit creation is as much riba as is charging interest.”


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:

  • Old Kanebi Islamic Manuscripts “provides an online access to one of the earliest written sub-Saharan languages in manuscript form. Old Kanembu written in Arabic script was a language of Qur’anic interpretation in the ancient Borno Sultanate. It has survived in marginal and interlinear annotations in the early Qur’an manuscripts dating from the 17th to 19th centuries and in various other religious texts dating from the 19th century to 1980’s.”
  • Oriental Manuscript Resource (OMAR) “was built at the University of Freiburg (Germany), in cooperation with the Information Technology Center of the University of Tübingen (Germany). The database contains images of approx. 2.500 Arabic manuscripts (in full text, 134.000 images) from Mauritania together with the corresponding bibliographical metadata.”


Global Calendar:

  • Conference: The Digital Orientalist’s Virtual Conference 2022, June 25, 2022.
  • Webinar: “Turning Arab: Identity and Islam in the Middle Eastern countryside, 1000 – 1500” by Yossef Rapoport, University of Bonn, June 27, 2022.
  • AMECYS Book Award Announcement (copyright 2020, 2021), June 30, 2022.
  • Prize: Biennial Prize for Best Dissertation, Middle East Medievalists (MEM), June 30, 2022.
  • Position opening: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard College Library, July 8, 2022.
  • Call for Contributions: Special-Edition Journal, Pakistan, July 15, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: The Perspective of the Countryside in the Medieval Arab-Islamic World, August 1, 2022.
  • Position opening: Associate Director and Chief Curator, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, August 31, 2022.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 113th Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 6-9, 2022.
  • Conference: Materiality, Rituals and the Senses in Shi‘i Islam, Georgia, October 19-21, 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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