Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Insight: the legal and regulatory framework governing Islamic finance and markets in Malaysia” (Lexology, October 19, 2022) Murni Zuyati Zulkifli Aziz and Rodney Gerard D’Cruz (Adnan Sundra & Low) predict that “[w]ith the government’s determination to focus on its Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 to promote Malaysia as an Islamic hub as one of its key economic growth activities, there is optimism that Malaysia will consolidate its leadership on and innovation in Islamic finance, and continue doing its part in forging a more sustainable, equitable, socially responsible and environmentally beneficial world.”
  • In his lecture titled “Is Islamic Law Ethical?,” (Max Planck Institute, August 25, 2022), Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago) “sketch[es] premodern Muslim debates on the twin agendas of following God’s precepts and establishing an ethical legal order that serves human interests.”
  • In Everyday Islamic Law and the Making of Modern South Asia (The University of North Carolina Press, 2022), Elizabeth Lhost (Dartmouth College) “shows how ordinary Muslims shaped colonial legal life and how their diversity and difference have contributed to contemporary debates about religion, law, pluralism, and democracy in South Asia and beyond.”
  • In “Religious Discrimination under the Indian Constitution: Unpacking the Contents of Religion” (Indian Journal of Constitutional Law (2022)), Dhruva Gandhi (Bombay High Court) examines “a study of cases involving direct religious discrimination, as decided by various High Courts, and the Supreme Court. What emerges from this study is that ‘religion’ has predominantly been understood to mean the ‘religious status’ of an individual.”
  • In “The Typewritten Market: Shari’ah-Compliance and Securitisation in the Law of Islamic Finance” (Arab Law Quarterly (forthcoming, 2022)), Valentino Cattelan (Birmingham City University) “interprets the law of Islamic finance as evidence of a radical shift in the social anthropology of Islamic law from classical to contemporary times.”
  • In “Generality and Exception in Islamic Legal Theory: Intent, Language, and the Jurist’s Role” (American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming, 2022)), Omar Farahat (McGill University Faculty of Law) “focuses on the generality-specificity dyad as a tool designed to ensure the law’s internal cohesiveness, the coherence of its claims to legitimacy, and its practicability. “
  • In “Corporate Personality in Fiqh (Islamic Law)” (SSRN, October 6, 2022), Imran Ahsan Nyazee discusses “the issue of recognition of legal personality from the perspective of uṣūl al-fiqh as well as fiqh.”

On Islam and Data Science


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PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Seminar: Islamic Family Law in the UK by Javaid Rahman, GCNC Chambers, November 8, 2022.
  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 2022.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: The Johnson Program for First Book Authors (American Bar Foundation), November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Shifting Criminal Legal Landscapes in 19th-Century Habsburg and Ottoman Borderlands (Missouri), November 11, 2022 @ 1:15 pm – 2:40 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Many Peoples, Many Laws: Legal Pluralism Across the Medieval World (Ontario), November 12, 2022 @ 2:05 pm – 3:35 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Islamic Law and Agriculture in Global History, 1850-1950 (Superior A), November 12, 2022 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am.
  • Position opening: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Middle East History, The American University in Cairo, November 15, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, The Law and Society Association, November 15, 2022.
  • Webinar: “Improvised Forms: Body, Text, and Diagram in Saʿd al-Dīn Ḥamūya’s (d. 1252) Sajanjal al-arwāḥ” by Dr. Cyril Uy, November 15, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, University of Pennsylvania Law School, November 18, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Regulative Verses of the Qur’ān (āyāt al-aḥkām), Al Mahdi Institute, November 25, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Director, The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, December 1, 2022.
  • Webinar: “The Second Formation of Islamic Law in Premodern Transoxiana: Evidences of Manuscripts” by Dr. Lola Dodkhudoeva, December 6, 2022.
  • The American University in Cairo: Graduate Program in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Fall 2023, December 15, 2022.
  • Residential Fellowship: Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2023-2024, January 1, 2023.
  • Call for Applications: Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, 2023, January 15, 2023.
  • Workshop: Digital Medieval Studies Institute, NYU DC, February 22, 2023.
  • 2023 Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Workshop: 22nd meeting of the Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Workshop, Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC, May 24-25, 2023.
  • The Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop: Law and Society Association, May 31, 2023.
  • Annual meeting: Law & Society Association’s Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1-4, 2023.
  • 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.
  • Position opening: Associate Director, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Muslim Chaplain, Macalester College (priority given to applications by August 1, 2022).
  • Position opening: Adjunct lecturer, Babson College.
  • 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.
  • MEM Fellowship for Graduate Students of Color.
  • Scholarship: Islamic Scholarship Fund CAMBA Law Scholarship 2023.

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