Islamic Law at the American Society for Legal History Conference: Session Roundup

The 2022 American Society for Legal History annual conference, taking place on November 10-12, 2022, is hosting a wide array of panels relating to Islamic law.  Please consult our calendar for the relevant panels taking place during the conference.

The Islamic Law Blog has curated below a list of panels relating to Islamic law as well as those featuring scholars, fellows, editors, and students who are or have been affiliated with the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, emphasized in bold.

The Johnson Program for First Book Authors (American Bar Foundation) (Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Convener: Reuel Schiller, University of California Hastings (
  • Brooke Depenbusch, University of Illinois, Springfield ( General Relief and the Politics of Precarity in the Shadow of the Welfare State, 1935-1978.
  • Myisha S. Eatmon, Harvard University ( Litigating in Black and White: Black Legal Culture, White Violence, Jim Crow, and Their Legacies.
  • Maeve Glass, Columbia University, School of Law ( Water Ground: The Making of an American Union, 1631 to 1860.
  • Timo McGregor, Yale University, MacMillan Center ( Controlling Cosmopolitans: Mobility and Political Community in the Dutch Atlantic, 1621-1688.
  • Raha Rafii, University of Exeter, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies ( Imagining the Islamic Judge: The Legal Genre of Adab al-Qāḍī.

Shifting Criminal Legal Landscapes in 19th-Century Habsburg and Ottoman Borderlands (Missouri) (Friday, November 11, 2022 @ 1:15 pm – 2:40 pm)

  • Chair & Commentator: Julia Leikin, University College London (
  • William Smiley, University of New Hampshire (, Criminals, Enemies, and Disobedient Soldiers: War Crimes in the Early Modern Muslim World?
  • Vita Zalar, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (, People on the Move in Imperial Borderlands: ‘Gypsies’ and the Habsburg Criminal Law
  • Vladislav Lilic, Vanderbilt University (, “To Reconcile Two Civilized Nations”: Joint Montenegrin-Ottoman Criminal Investigation of the 1874 Podgorica Massacre

Islamic Law and Agriculture in Global History, 1850-1950 (Superior A) (Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am)

  • Chair: Intisar Rabb, Harvard University (
  • Commentator: Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Yale University (
  • Adam Mestyan, Duke University (, Muslim Legal Ecology: The Norms of Reviving Barren Land as a Source of Ownership in Nineteenth-Century Egyptian Fatwas
  • Nora Barakat, Stanford University (, Hujaj vs. Tapu Registers: Evidentiary Tensions in Agricultural Land Disputes from Homs to Hufuf
  • Alishar Khaliyarov, Ohio State University (, Borrowing for Land: The Rise of Pious Loans in Central Asia
  • Ismail Warscheid, CNRS (, Sharecropping Contracts and the Dynamics of Power Relations in Saharan Oasis Societies, 1750-1900

Many Peoples, Many Laws: Legal Pluralism Across the Medieval World (Ontario) (Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 2:05 pm – 3:35 pm)

  • Chair: Sara McDougall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center (
  • Commentator: Rowan Dorin, Stanford University (
  • Patrick Morgan, UCLA (, Secundum legem: Documentary Culture and Legal Pluralism in the Twelfth-Century Kingdom of Sicily
  • Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison (, Bad Mothers and Legal Pluralism in Medieval Europe
  • Lev Weitz, The Catholic University of America (, Legal Pluralism Reconsidered: Non-Muslim Cogs in the Islamic Judicial System
  • Thomas Barton, University of San Diego (, Localized Differentiation of Ethno-Religious Legal Pluralism in Medieval Christian-ruled Iberia

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