Thank you, Mairaj Syed!

Thank you Mairaj Syed for joining us as the guest blog editor throughout the month of May. In case you missed any of his blog posts here they are: Four Conceptual Frameworks on Tradition-Bound Rationality A New Framework for the Analysis of Islamic Tradition-Bound Rationality Canons (Qawāʿid) and Reasoning in Islamic Law and Ethics An … Continue reading Thank you, Mairaj Syed!

An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 2 ::

By Mairaj Syed Results I initially decided that I would divide up the Testimony chapter into 7-gram word fragments, because the original evidence canon consisted of seven Arabic words. This created a list of 38,683 7-gram fragments. Being ambitious and hoping to be lucky, I decided to send the google service 1000 texts at a … Continue reading An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 2 ::

An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 1 ::

  By Mairaj Syed Project Description and Goals As I briefly indicated in my previous blog post, a fundamental desideratum for the field of Islamic law and ethics is a corpus of texts whose argumentation has been fully mined: conclusions would be distinguished from premises, and the premises categorized according to type of argument. The … Continue reading An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 1 ::

Canons (Qawāʿid) and Reasoning in Islamic Law and Ethics

By Mairaj Syed Although ethical thought is found in virtually every literary genre of Islamic civilization, it finds the most explicit articulation in works of adab (belles-lettres), akhlāq (virtue ethics), and fiqh (positive law).[1] There are a number of distinguishing features that make fiqh an rich repository of moral thought, especially useful for the types … Continue reading Canons (Qawāʿid) and Reasoning in Islamic Law and Ethics

A New Framework for the Analysis of Islamic Tradition-Bound Rationality

By Mairaj Syed My book Coercion and Responsibility in Islam seeks to organize the insights of the four conceptual approaches in the previous blog post into a coherent structure. It proposes an analytical framework that identifies and tracks the interactions of the key features that explain the content and historical development of concepts within technical … Continue reading A New Framework for the Analysis of Islamic Tradition-Bound Rationality

Four Conceptual Frameworks on Tradition-Bound Rationality

By Mairaj Syed Intellectual production in the premodern period was largely structured by belonging to a given, usually explicit and named, school. This was especially the case for theology and law. The school identities comprising these two disciplines of thought lasted many centuries, and at a minimum required a school-bound scholar to affirm a basic … Continue reading Four Conceptual Frameworks on Tradition-Bound Rationality

The Bazaar in the History of Global Capitalism

By Fahad Bishara Those of us working in the humanities and social sciences may have noticed that discussions of the history of capitalism have experienced something of a renaissance over the past decade or so; historical materialism is making a strong comeback. Historians are now undertaking new work in political economy that seeks to more … Continue reading The Bazaar in the History of Global Capitalism

The Persianate Bazaar

By Fahad Bishara I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about the Persianate world. I only came across the term something like six years ago, when I heard someone present their research at a workshop. I don’t study Iran (and barely study India), and I don’t know much Persian (though I … Continue reading The Persianate Bazaar

The Maritime Bazaar

By Fahad Bishara In my first blog post, I introduced the idea of the bazaar as a site for thinking about the intertwined histories of law and economic life in the Islamic world, and ended by promising a couple of more focused explorations of the topic. The first of these is something I have direct … Continue reading The Maritime Bazaar