Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2021), Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois at Chicago), explores the various ways in which Islamic law was interpreted in innovative ways to accommodate new technologies and modernity, with a focus on a towering 20th century figure, Egyptian scholar Bakhit al-Muti'i, who all the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Book Talk: Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law by Dr. Elias Saba on November 17, 2020 @12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that it is hosting a book talk by Dr. Elias Saba (Senior Lecturer at Grinnell College) titled "Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law."  The talk will focus on Saba's book with the same title. The event, which will … Continue reading Book Talk: Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law by Dr. Elias Saba on November 17, 2020 @12:00 – 1:00 PM

Upcoming Book Talk: Islamic Criminal Law in Conversation with Kamali’s “Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England”

Join the Harvard Law School Library community and Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Professor of History, and Faculty Director, Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School, among other scholars, in a conversation around Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England (Cambridge Univ. Press, Oct. 31, 2019), a recent publication by Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Assistant Professor of Law … Continue reading Upcoming Book Talk: Islamic Criminal Law in Conversation with Kamali’s “Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England”

Islamic Law in “Plain English”

The following book reviews are contributed by Ari Schreiber. *** Muhammad’s Heirs: The Rise of Muslim Scholarly Communities, 622-950 by Jonathan E. Brockopp (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Editor’s note: Jonathan Brockopp’s Muhammad’s Heirs sheds light on the early development of Islamic legal scholarship between its inherited tradition and its history. As a critical look at … Continue reading Islamic Law in “Plain English”

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Elias Muhanna (2016)

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri, edited and translated from Arabic by Elias Muhanna, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University, (New York: Penguin, 2016). This incredible work provides background for Maribel Fierro’s post on joking judges in early Islamic courts, and shows how the encyclopedic works of … Continue reading The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition by Elias Muhanna (2016)

Heterodoxy Among Muslim Judges: On Attempts at Jokes and Judicial Constraints

Guest contributor Maribel Fierro examines a scene of heterodoxy in the recently published English translation of The Ultimate Ambition. Translated from Arabic into English for the first time in full by Elias Muhanna of Brown University, The Ultimate Ambition was written in the 14th century by a retired Egyptian bureaucrat named Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri. Fierro looks at a scene in … Continue reading Heterodoxy Among Muslim Judges: On Attempts at Jokes and Judicial Constraints