Welcome to our April Guest Blogger: Fahad Bishara

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger for the month of April: Fahad Bishara, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. Fahad specializes in the economic and legal history of the Indian Ocean and Islamic world. His book, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge … Continue reading Welcome to our April Guest Blogger: Fahad Bishara

Welcome to our March Guest Blogger: Yossef Rapoport

It's my pleasure to introduce our blogger for the month of March: Yossef Rapoport, Professor in Islamic History at Queen Mary University of London. He is a historian of the social, cultural, and legal aspects of life in the Islamic, Arabic-speaking Middle East in its Middle Ages, from about 1000 to 1500 AD. Before joining Queen Mary in … Continue reading Welcome to our March Guest Blogger: Yossef Rapoport

Welcome to our February Guest Blogger: Haider A. Hamoudi

It's a pleasure to introduce our February guest blogger: Haider Ala Hamoudi, Professor of Law and the Vice Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Professor Hamoudi’s scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. As concerns Islamic law, and specifically Islamic finance, where he has done much of his writing, his approach has … Continue reading Welcome to our February Guest Blogger: Haider A. Hamoudi

Welcome to our January Guest Blogger: Necmettin Kizilkaya

It's a pleasure to introduce our guest blog editor for January: Necmettin Kizilkaya, Associate Professor of Islamic Law and Economics at the Faculty of Divinity, Istanbul University. He is director of the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance at Istanbul University. He earned his B.A in Islamic studies from Marmara University and an M.A in Islamic Law … Continue reading Welcome to our January Guest Blogger: Necmettin Kizilkaya

:: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: Which is Superior: Medina or Mecca? The Muwaṭṭaʾ on the Unique Status of Medina and Its Scholarly Community

By Mariam Sheibani (Harvard Law School) Muslim jurists unanimously agreed that Mecca and Medina were the most sanctified places on earth. They nonetheless debated which of the two was greater. On this question, the lines were drawn between the Mālikīs, who upheld the preeminence of Medina, and the other three schools who by and large … Continue reading :: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: Which is Superior: Medina or Mecca? The Muwaṭṭaʾ on the Unique Status of Medina and Its Scholarly Community

Welcome to our December Guest Bloggers: Marion Katz and Ahmed El Shamsy!

We are delighted to introduce our two guest bloggers for the month of December: Marion Katz, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, and Ahmed El Shamsy, Associate Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. Marion Holmes Katz is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, where she … Continue reading Welcome to our December Guest Bloggers: Marion Katz and Ahmed El Shamsy!

Thank you, Ahmad A. Ahmad!

It is time to bid farewell to our guest blogger for the month of October. Please join me in thanking Ahmad A. Ahmad for his thoughtful series of posts this month comparing and reflecting about Islamic and Roman law. In case you missed any of them, here they are compiled: Let's Lose Lawyers (1-4) Let's … Continue reading Thank you, Ahmad A. Ahmad!