Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • Zak Leonard reviews Elizabeth Lhost‘s (UCLA) Everyday Islamic Law and the Making of Modern South Asia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022) in the Journal of Church & State.
  • In “Abū Yaʿrub al-Marzūqī and His Critique of the maqāṣid theory” (Religions 14, no. 9 (2023)), Abdessamad Belhaj (Institute of Religion and Society, University of Public Service, H-1083 Budapest, Hungary) discusses Abū Yaʿrub al-Marzūqī’s criticism of the maqāṣid theory, finding that “[h]is primary claim is that the maqāṣid theory exhibits arbitrariness.”
  • In “Understanding of Legal Reform on Sociology of Islamic Law: Its Relevance to Islamic Family Law in Indonesia” (Al-Manāhij: Jurnal Kajian Hukum Islam 17, no. 2 (2023)), Ahmad Zayyadi (UIN Profesor Kiai Haji Saifuddin Zuhri Purwokerto, Indonesia) and others “analy[ze] the understanding of legal modernization in the sociology of Islamic law in Muslim countries regarding Islamic family law in Indonesia.”

On Islam and Data Science


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 Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction, published by the the University of Edinburgh, and available on Future Learn, is a regularly-offered online course on “Sharia and Islamic law, and […] the diverse roles they play in Muslim life.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Fellowship September 2024-May 2025: Crown Center for Middle East, Brandeis University, January 1, 2024.
  • Panel on Islamic Law and Constitutionalism: AALS 2024 Meeting, January 4, 2024.
  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.
  • International Conference: Islamic Theology: Uniting Diverse Voices, ISTAC-IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 18-19, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Fellowship: Kamel Center at Yale Law School, 2024-2025, January 31, 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.
  • Book award: The Sharmin & Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University, April 1, 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.
  • 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.
  • Call for Papers: Special Section – Lifewriting Annual and Islam.
  • Call for Manuscripts: Advances in the Study of Islam, Edinburgh University Press.

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