Recent Scholarship: Rubin on the Passage of Ottoman Law into the Modern Era

Ottoman Rule of Law and the Modern Political Trial: The Yildiz Case "In 1876, a recently dethroned sultan, Abdülaziz, was found dead in his chambers, the veins in his arm slashed. Five years later, a group of Ottoman senior officials stood a criminal trial and were found guilty for complicity in his murder. Among the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Rubin on the Passage of Ottoman Law into the Modern Era

Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

The blog "Law and Other Things" recently featured a book review of Governing Islam: Law, Empire and Secularism in South Asia (2018), written by Jeffrey Redding. The book, authored by Julia Stephens, explores the colonial underpinnings of contemporary struggles between Islam and secularism in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Here is an excerpt of the book review: Stephens’ … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

Recent Scholarship: Akande on British Islamic Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria

"Secularizing Islam: The Colonial Encounter and the Making of a British Islamic Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria, 1903–58" by Rabiat Akande. This article narrates the ways in which siyasa, understood as "discretionary powers of political rulers," facilitated the making of a British Colonial Islamic law. Here, Akande focuses on criminal law in order to highlight what set … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Akande on British Islamic Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 26th

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This week’s issue of SSRN's Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “The Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Filiation Judgments in Arab Countries” by Béligh Elbalti This chapter from Filiation and the Protection of Parentless Children: Towards a Social Definition of the Family in Muslim Jurisdictions, edited by Nadjma Yassari, Lena-Maria Möller, … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 26th

Recent Scholarship: Smiley on the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law

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A new book by Will Smiley (Reed College), From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, Nov. 2018), examines the origins of the concept of the “prisoner of war” in the Ottoman Empire, telling the story of an alternate path to the rules of modern international law. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Smiley on the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law

Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

The South African newspaper Mail & Guardian recently featured a book review of Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World (2018), by Raficq S. Abdullah and Mohamed M. Keshavjee. The book explores the history of sharīʿa and its role in the modern world. Here is an excerpt of the book review: While the authors … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

The latest issue of the Journal of Women's History includes the following article examining gender, race, class, and patriarchy within the British and colonial legal systems: "Class, White Women, and Elite Asian Men in British Courts during the Late Nineteenth Century" by Nurfadzilah Yahaya British imperial politics was profoundly affected by class alongside gender and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

Recent Scholarship: History of Medicine and Islamic Law

Earlier this month, the Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr published a detailed and richly illustrated interview with Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge) discussing his recent book, In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt (UC Press, 2018). Excerpt: Focusing on changes in medicine and law in the 19th century and their … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Medicine and Islamic Law

Opportunity :: Wallace Johnson First Book Program

The Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (ASLH), is designed to provide advice and support to scholars working toward the publication of first books in legal history, broadly defined. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will learn about approaching and … Continue reading Opportunity :: Wallace Johnson First Book Program

Recent Scholarship: Khalilieh on Islamic Law of the Sea

Islamic Law of the Sea: Freedom of Navigation and Passage Rights in Islamic Thought "The doctrine of modern law of the sea is commonly believed to have developed from Renaissance Europe. Often ignored though is the role of Islamic law of the sea and customary practices at that time. In this book, Hassan S. Khalilieh … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Khalilieh on Islamic Law of the Sea