Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Islam has become less rational since its medieval Golden Age. What went wrong?” (Big Think, June 4, 2023), James Hannam (Royal Historical Society) argues that there is no central doctrinal authority in Islam, which means that “[s]tupendous intellectual resources already exist in Islam, as does the tradition of debate. These are the ingredients that can help reconcile Islam to the modern world.”
  • “The Meghji Family Trust has made a gift of $1 million to FIU’s Mohsin & Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs to establish the Prophet Muhammad Visiting Professor of Shi’a Islam Studies.”
  • In “Practice of Buying and Selling in Areas Prohibited in the Perspective of Islamic Law” (Journal of Law and Nation 2, no. 1 (2023)), Yuniartik Yuniartik (Institut Agama Islam Sultan Muhammad Syafiuddin Sambas, Indonesia) explores whether the buying and selling practices of street vendors in an Indonesian locality is compliant with Islamic law.

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “Data’s Nature and Its Prevailing Right under Islamic Law” (International Journal of Multicultural and Multireligious Understanding 10, no. 3 (2023)), Mohammad Mustafa Mohiqi (L’Université Paris-Est Créteil, France) discusses “the nature of data in Islamic law and the laws governing it.”

Scholar Updates

  • Zibba Mir-Hosseini was recently interviewed by Qantara about her recent book, Journeys Toward Gender Equality in Islam (Oneworld Academic, 2022).


The 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:

  • Islamic Law Guide is a collection of primary and secondary resources on Islamic law.
  • Sahih Muslim “is a collection of hadith compiled by Imam Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj al-Naysaburi (rahimahullah). His collection is considered to be one of the most authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ), and along with Sahih al-Bukhari forms the “Sahihain,” or the “Two Sahihs.” It contains roughly 7500 hadith (with repetitions) in 57 books. The translation provided here is by Abdul Hamid Siddiqui.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Internship opportunity: The Executive Office of the President, White House, various deadlines.
  • Position opening: Academic mentor and field researcher in Iraq, Cordoba Peace Institute-Geneva (CPI) & ETH Zurich, rolling basis.
  • Position opening: Academic mentor for researcher in Mogadishu, Cordoba Peace Institute-Geneva (CPI) & ETH Zurich.
  • Conference: “Colonial Legacies and Racial Formations: France In Comparative Perspective,” POMEPS, June 8-9, 2023.
  • Summer Program: Comparative Law, AALS, May 15-June 16, 2023.
  • Call for Panel and Paper Proposals 2023: The American Society of Comparative Law, June 15, 2023.
  • Workshop: “Al-Maʾmūn on Tafḍīl ʿAlī” with Nebil Husayn, University of Miami, June 15, 2023.
  • Summer School: Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World, Leiden University, June 16, 2023.
  • Book talk: “Copyright in Islamic Law” by Dr. Mohamed Ali Ahdash, June 19, 2023.
  • MESA Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards, July 1, 2023.
  • Summer Course: Thinking with Islamicate Manuscripts: Critical Approaches to Historical Methodology, History of Collections, and Digital Tools In Islamic Studies, July 3-7, 2023, Central European University (application deadline: February 14, 2023).
  • Conference: Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Law in the Crucible of the Modern State: Problems and Perspectives, University of Muenster, Germany, July 10-12, 2023.
  • Wallace Johnson First Book Program, July 14, 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.
  • MESA Undergraduate Education Award, August 1, 2023.
  • MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize, August 15, 2023.
  • Workshop: TraSIS (Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies) and the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies) Murtensee, August 30, 2023 – September 1, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of Religions: “A Critique of the Modern Discourse of Maqāṣid,” September 15, 2023.
  • Fall 2023 Works-in-Progress Workshop: Comparative Constitutional Law in the Global South, Columbia Law School, October 20-21, 2023.
  • Position opening: Adjunct Lecturer in Modern Middle East, 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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