Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The 43rd Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture speaker Intisar Rabb's (Harvard) presentation titled "Interpreting Islamic Law" explains the judicial overhaul that occurred during the thirteenth century under the reign of Baibars I, Mamlūk sultan of Egypt and Syria, who established four chief judgeships representing each of the four major (Sunnī) schools of Islamic law … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In a recent podcast episode of the Ajam Podcast Project titled “Rebels, Imams, and Problems of History in Early Islam,” Najam Haider discusses his new book The Rebel and the Imām in Early Islam (Cambridge University Press 2019). The podcast (and the book) shifts the focus of historical writing in early Islam from veracity, which … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Katherine Lemons’s  Divorcing traditions : Islamic marriage law and the making of Indian secularism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019) seeks to redefine the concept of secularism as applied in India. The author contends that secularism has assumed a different meaning than its Western counterparts, the latter often defined as separation between state and church. In … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia

On July 2, 2020, a division of Turkey's highest administrative appellate court annulled a 1934 presidential decision by Kemal Ataturk, founding president of Turkey, converting Hagia Sophia (tr. Aya Sofya) into a museum.  Days later, on July 10, 2020, Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decision based on the court ruling, restoring its status as a … Continue reading Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia

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”

Forum Reply: Tamir Moustafa on “Constituting Religion”

"The Immanent Frame" recently published Tamir Moustafa's reply to a forum on his book Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge, 2018). In his reply, he outlines the ways in which the co-constitutive dynamics of law, religion, politics, and society are complex. Here is an excerpt of his reply: I want to thank everyone who … Continue reading Forum Reply: Tamir Moustafa on “Constituting Religion”