Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Prof. Ahmed al-Shamsy

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Prof. Ahmed El Shamsy entitled “What Kind of Gloss is a Ḥashiya?,” delivered on April 28, 2021 at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom. Professor El Shamsy’s lecture described the history, impact, and receptions of legal ḥāshiya literature, … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Prof. Ahmed al-Shamsy

Commentarial Ocean

By Mahmood Kooria The postclassical commentarial literature of Islamic law, once ignored for being repetitive and inauthentic, now has been receiving considerable scholarly attention. Through the processes of canonization, codification, regionalization, synthesis and transregional connections; forms such as core texts, commentaries, supercommentaries, autocommentaries, glosses, translations and summaries; and contents such as substantive laws, contextual selections … Continue reading Commentarial Ocean

Webinar: A talk with Ahmed El Shamsy on the ḥāshiya

The ḥāshiya (gloss/supercommentary) is a characteristic literary genre of postclassical Muslim scholarship. In the field of Sunni Islamic law, the ḥāshiya became the central site at which the dominant teaching of each school of law was elaborated, making earlier works obsolete. At the same time, the ḥāshiya operated within the influential “hierarchy of jurists” model developed in the thirteenth century, according … Continue reading Webinar: A talk with Ahmed El Shamsy on the ḥāshiya