Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Religious Policy of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars (1260–1277 AC)” (Religions 14, no. 11 (2023)), Hatim Muhammad Mahamid (Academic College for Teacher Education, The College of Sakhnin, Sakhnin 3081000, Israel) “focuses on the religious policy of the Mamluk Sultan Rukn al-Din Baybars (d. 1277), and its application throughout his rule in Egypt and Syria (Bilād al-Shām).”
  • In “Revisiting Lists in Early Islamic Historiography” (in Synopses and Lists: Textual Practices in the Pre-Modern World, eds. Teresa Bernheimer & Ronny Vollandt, Cambridge University Press, 2023), Teresa Bernheimer (LMU, Munich)  “re-examines lists in early Islamic historiographical works as textual practice, that is, as a form of textual communication that is integral to scholarly writing and the creation of a historical narrative.”
  • In “The economic aspect of the Mamluk princes” (Diyala Journal of Human Research 3, no. 96 (2023)), M.D. Sahira Awad Abdul Ali and Amir Saad Abdul Razzaq argue that “feudalism, which is part of the economic aspect, was common at the time, in addition to agriculture, industry, and trade,” and that “there was a discrepancy between the Mamluk princes and jurists.”
  • In “Unveiling Legal and Religious Divergence: Abandoned Husband Divorce in Indonesian and Syrian Contexts” (Jurnal Syariah dan Hukum 21, no. 2 (2023)), Dewi Rahmawati (UIN K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid Pekalongan Jalan Kusuma Bangsa No. 09 Pekalongan Jawa Tengah, Indonesia) and others “analyze and contrast the fiqh provisions and legal regulations pertaining to a wife’s right to seek divorce in Indonesia and Syria, specifically in cases where the husband is absent.”

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:


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Visiting Researcher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 2024-25, January 15, 2024.
  • Fellowship: The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, Harvard Law School, 2024-2025, February 15, 2024.

Global Calendar:

  • Call for Papers: The 4th Machine Lawyering Conference, Hong Kong, January 12, 2024.
  • Fellowship: Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships in Law & Inequality, Law & Society Association, January 16, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Call for Papers: MESA 2024, February 15, 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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