Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In Secularism and Islam in Bangladesh: 50 Years After Independence (Routledge, 2023), Abdul Wohab (North South University, Bangladesh) argues that “extremist interpretations of Islam, which aim to establish a theocratic state, have not been able to influence the pluralistic religious and cultural life of Bangladesh substantially.”
  • In Defending Traditional Islam in Indonesia: The Resurgence of Hadhrami Preachers (Routledge, 2023), Syamsul Rijal (Faculty of Islamic Studies, Indonesian International Islamic University) “examines the rise of young preachers of Arab descent (habaib) and their sermon groups in the region and shows how Islam and politics coexist, flourish, interlace, and strive in Indonesia in complex, pragmatic, and mutually beneficial relationships.”
  • In Eating Religiously: Food and Faith in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2023) editors Nir Avieli and Fran Markowitz (Ben Gurion University, Israel) bring together a collection of contributions that “analyze[] and critique[] various situations in which food, the state, civil society, gender, race, and faith intersect and even transmute.”
  • In “Centring the Black Muslimah: Interrogating Gendered, Anti-Black Islamophobia” (in Systemic Islamophobia in Canada : a Research Agenda, ed. Anver M. Emon, University of Toronto Press, 2023), Rabiat Akande (Osgoode Hall Law School of York University) observes that “[s]tudies of Islamophobia and the state’s complicity in its systemic and structural forms, including those that pay attention to gender and those that interrogate Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism, have […] been inattentive to the precarity of the black Muslim woman.”
  • In “Gender Equality and the Scope of Religious Freedom in S.A.S. v. France” (in Frontiers of Gender Equality: Transnational Legal Perspectives, ed. Rebecca J. Cook, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023), Ilias Trispiotis (University of Leeds) “examines the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in S.A.S. v. France, which upheld France’s ban on wearing full-face veils in public.”

On Islam and Data Science

  • The Pew Center recently published its empirical findings on religion among Asian Americans, reporting, among other things, that “[a]bout 6% of Asian Americans now say their religion is Islam.”


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:

  • The Hadith Database Project by the Academy of Islam provides a searchable database of Prophetic sayings. The database has over 35,000 “Shi`i Islamic Hadith from available translations online and in print from renown[ed] primary sources.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Talk: “Chasing Floods: the Ottoman Introduction of Rice in the Balkan Peninsula” by Aleksandar Shopov, CMES, Harvard University, November 15, 2023.
  • Seminar: “Revisiting History: Nurullah Shushtari on Shī’ī Historiography, Taqiyya & The Pre-Savafid Era” by Shahrad Shahvand, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, November 16, 2023.
  • Talk: “The ‘Khitat’ of al-Maqrizi: Narrating History on the Tempo of ‘Kharab’” by Nasser Rabat, CMES, Harvard University, November 28, 2023.
  • Talk: “Locusts of Power” by Samuel Dolbee, CMES, Harvard University, November 29, 2023.
  • Seminar: “Ineffability and Adequation: Symmetries between ‘Ayn al-Quḍāt Hamadānī’s Theory of Language, Ontology and Mystical Epistemology” by Nicholas Boylston, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, November 30, 2023.

Global Calendar:

  • Research Fellowship: Crown Center for Middle East Studies 2024, Brandeis University, October 27, 2023.
  • Fellowship: The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), 2024-25, November 1, 2023.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Early Modern / Modern Islam, The Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, November 1, 2023.
  • Conference: MESA’s 57th Annual Meeting, Montréal, Québec, Canada, November 2-5, 2023.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Islamic Southeast Asia, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, November 10, 2023.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in South Asian Cultural Studies, The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, November 15, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, November 15, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: American Oriental Society’s 234th Meeting, November 15, 2023.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): The emirate of the Banū Tellīs in the 15th c. CE, November 22, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: EMPIRE: In Theory and In Middle East History, American University in Cairo, December 1, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies, December 14, 2023.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Shedding light on some Islamic sites and buildings in Cyrenaica, December 20, 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.
  • Panel on Islamic Law and Constitutionalism: AALS 2024 Meeting, January 4, 2024.
  • Author-Meets-Reader: Sherman Jackson and “The Islamic Secular,” AALS 2024 Meeting, January 6, 2024.
  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): The jurisprudential corpus and the history of Ibadism in medieval Libya: additions and difficulties, January 24, 2024.
  • Position opening: Postdoctoral opportunity in History of Islam/Arabic Studies, Leiden University, February 1, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Looking for Libya in Coptic-Arabic historiographical sources, February 21, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Partnership for Heritage. Documentation and heritage management for the protection of the Nafousa Mountains, April 17, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Between Ṭarābulus and Aṭrābulus. The journey of the toponym and difficulties in determining its form, May 22, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Surveying and documentation of the archaeological city of Barca (Al-Marj), June 26, 2024.
  • Symposium on Copyright in Islamic Legal Tradition, Istanbul, June 28-29, 2024.
  • Search for Editor: International Journal of Middle East Studies, until an appointment is made.
  • MEM Fellowship for Graduate Students of Color.
  • Scholarship: Islamic Scholarship Fund CAMBA Law Scholarship 2023.
  • 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.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Position opening: Postdoc at the Center for Social Concerns and the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame, July – September 2023. 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.
  • Call for Papers: Special Section – Lifewriting Annual and Islam.

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