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

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

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

D. Fairchild Ruggles’ Tree of Pearls The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) provides insight into the remarkable life of Shajar al-Durr, an enslaved child who went on to become the Sultan of Egypt in the 13th century. This biography places the rise and fall of the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Many of SHARIAsource’s Senior Scholars were recognized in Brill’s Islamic Law and Society journal as writers of the top 15 articles written in the 25 years of ILS. In celebration of ILS’ 25th anniversary, public access to all 15 articles has been made free through March 31st. (Volume 1:1, 1994): From Fatwās To Furü: Growth and … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Recent Scholarship: El Shamsy on Islamic Legal History

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Ahmed El Shamsy recently published an article in the Journal of the American Oriental Society on the historical development of Islamic legal theory. “Bridging the Gap: Two Early Texts of Islamic Legal Theory” This article introduces two surviving, very early legal-theoretical texts, written by Ibn Surayj (d. 306/918) and al-Khaffāf (fl. first … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: El Shamsy on Islamic Legal History

ILSP Lunch Talk :: Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Ahmed El Shamsy presented to a group of seven scholars on “Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link” during the March 20th ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk. His discussion looked at how male grooming practices were used by early Muslims to distinguish themselves from those of other communities, … Continue reading ILSP Lunch Talk :: Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link

Commentary: The Logic of Excluding Testimony in Early Islam

In chapter one of Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, Ahmed El Shamsy examines selected criteria used to exclude the testimony of certain types of witnesses in Islamic courts of the second century AH / eighth century CE. Specifically, the chapter seeks to make three points: 1. In the early second century, Muslim judges presiding over … Continue reading Commentary: The Logic of Excluding Testimony in Early Islam