Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” by Prof. Christian Mueller

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Prof. Christian Mueller entitled “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” delivered at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom. Professor Müller offered this month what he himself termed as a reflection on Ottoman sijills “from the … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” by Prof. Christian Mueller

Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History

By Kristina L. Richardson Allow me to share a factoid about Toni Morrison’s (1931-2019) little known connection to Islamic historians. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio, with her younger cousin John Ralph Willis (1938-2007), who carried the name of their grandfather, a violinist named John Solomon Willis. The cousins forged separate paths as adults, only … Continue reading Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Semantic Mapping of An Ottoman Fetva Compilation: EBUSSUUD Efendi’s Jurisprudence through a Computational Lens" (Journal of Islamic Legal Studies 32, no. 1 (2021)), Bogac Ergene (University of Vermont) and Atabey Kaygun (Istanbul Technical University) "propose[] computational methodologies that could characterize the contents of a 6,000-fetva corpus by an important Ottoman jurist, Şeyhülislam Ebussuud Efendi … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Pluralistic Methodologies in Islamic Legal Historiography

By Metin M. Coşgel (University of Connecticut) & Boğaç A. Ergene (University of Vermont) This essay is part of the Islamic Law Blog’s Roundtable on Islamic Legal History & Historiography, edited by Intisar Rabb (Editor-in-Chief) and Mariam Sheibani (Lead Blog Editor), and introduced with a list of further readings in the short post by Intisar … Continue reading Pluralistic Methodologies in Islamic Legal Historiography

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Maryam Saeed discusses the constraints in Islamic insurance (takāful) and its impact on the performance of takāful operators in "Challenges of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) Globally," COMSATS Journal of Islamic Finance, 2019. (This article was also featured in this week's issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal). In "Islamic Financial Intermediation of Indonesian Economic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Recent Scholarship: Coşgel and Ergene on Ottoman Justice

The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Settlement and Trial in the Sharia Courts by Metin Coşgel, University of Connecticut and Boğaç Ergene, University of Vermont published. From the publisher: "During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Ottoman Empire endured long periods of warfare, facing intense financial pressures and new international mercantile and monetary trends. The Empire also experienced major political-administrative restructuring and socioeconomic transformations. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Coşgel and Ergene on Ottoman Justice

Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System

Forms and Institutions of Justice: Legal Actions in Ottoman Contexts, edited by Yavuz Aykan and Işık Tamdoğan This volume examines the concept of "justice" across different times and places that were under Ottoman rule. It challenges the unitary conception of an "Ottoman Justice" and the legal and procedural dominance accorded the kadi in Ottoman historiography. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System

Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

On October 22nd, Professor Will Smiley of the University of New Hampshire spoke to a group of twenty-three students, professors, and scholars on his new book From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book takes a look at the independent evolution of a recognizable … Continue reading Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

SHARIAsource guest lecturer Amir Toft presented to a group of twelve students and scholars on “A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century” during the May 1st ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk. Toft is a 2017-2018 Research Fellow in the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender

Elizabeth H. Shlala, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies  April 4, 2017 |12:30 to 2:00 pm | CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St Cambridge, MA 02138 Elizabeth H. Shlala earned a PhD in History from Georgetown University. She has held academic positions at London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, … Continue reading The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender