Thank you, Junaid Quadri!

Thank you, Junaid Quadri, for joining us as guest blog editor in December. In case you missed Professor Quadri's essays, here they are: Oakeshott, Originalism and the History of Modern Islamic Law Ethical Perfectionism in Fiqh: The Example of Moral Exemplars Excavating the Colonial Modern in Islamic Law Intellectual and Practical Caution as Grounds for … Continue reading Thank you, Junaid Quadri!

Intellectual and Practical Caution as Grounds for Legal Pluralism

By Junaid Quadri* In 663/1265, Sultan al-Ẓāhir Baybars appointed a chief judge from each of the four Sunnī madhhabs. For scholars of Islamic law, this decision has served as a signal moment in the story told about the normative pluralism found within Sunnī Islam. I say that this was a signal moment, but it was … Continue reading Intellectual and Practical Caution as Grounds for Legal Pluralism

Excavating the Colonial Modern in Islamic Law

By Junaid Quadri How shall we understand the encounter between the sharīʿa and the colonial modern? What have been the responses of Muslim jurists to the twin pressures of colonialism and modernity? A surge of works in recent years have given us a range of responses to these questions. While some stress the deep penetration … Continue reading Excavating the Colonial Modern in Islamic Law

Ethical Perfectionism in Fiqh: The Example of Moral Exemplars

By Junaid Quadri* How precisely to understand the ethical material found within works of fiqh has been a recurrent question of Western scholarship on Islamic law since its earliest period. If, in the first phase of this interest, scholars tended to find in fiqh a curious (and perhaps, objectionable) amalgam of law, religion and ethics, … Continue reading Ethical Perfectionism in Fiqh: The Example of Moral Exemplars

Oakeshott, Originalism and the History of Modern Islamic Law

By Junaid Quadri* In On Human Conduct, the ambitious work he produced toward the end of his career, the philosopher Michael Oakeshott offers a distinction between two kinds of storytelling that is instructive for historians of Islamic law and indeed scholars of the intellectual history of Islam more broadly. Distinguishing between “In the beginning” stories … Continue reading Oakeshott, Originalism and the History of Modern Islamic Law