“It was a Memorable Day” – Plague Gatherings and their Critics

By Younus Mirza The Grand Umayyad mosque in Damascus played an instrumental role in the various responses to droughts and plagues. It is here that the great hadith collection of al-Bukhārī was read and various prayers and supplications were organized.     In a previous Islamic Law Blog post, Justin Stearns argues that we need to … Continue reading “It was a Memorable Day” – Plague Gatherings and their Critics

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus

Mariam Sheibani, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School This paper explores the tensions between conservative and innovative strains in Islamic law in twelfth-century Ayyūbid Damascus. The newly restored refugee capital of Damascus inherited the Shāfiʿī traditions of both Khurāsān and Iraq, which had developed autonomously throughout the tenth and eleventh centuries. While formal attribution … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Between Legal Conservatism and Legal Change: Fault Lines in Ayyūbid Damascus