Getting to know iqrārs

By Amel Bensalim Professor Marina Rustow's note: "Having been asked twice now to contribute to the ILB, I’ve been making my way into the corpus of Islamic notarial documents preserved in Cairo Geniza. In the hope of understanding them better, I taught a PhD seminar on them in Fall 2022. Two of my students, Amel … Continue reading Getting to know iqrārs

Why I No Longer Use the Term “Qāḍī-Court Documents”

By Marina Rustow I came into my graduate seminar on Arabic legal documents with some experience in paleography and diplomatics, but vanishingly little knowledge of the material I was going to be teaching. I knew I wouldn’t always, or even often, have answers about how to read the sources, let alone how the judicial system … Continue reading Why I No Longer Use the Term “Qāḍī-Court Documents”

Are Medieval Arabic Judicial Documents as Opaque as They Look?

By Marina Rustow Legal documents have survived from the medieval Islamic world in considerable quantity, but the mystery of their quotidian production and use abides. The mystery concerns personnel and physical location: Who wrote documents, and where? Where did witnesses sign them? To what extent were judges involved in their production and handling? Over the … Continue reading Are Medieval Arabic Judicial Documents as Opaque as They Look?

Welcome to our January Guest Blogger: Marina Rustow

I am a social historian of the medieval Middle East, and I work with a relatively neglected type of source: documents, especially sources from the Cairo Geniza, a cache of roughly 400,000 folio pages and fragments preserved in an Egyptian synagogue. I also work with Arabic papyri and paper documents from other sources. Most of … Continue reading Welcome to our January Guest Blogger: Marina Rustow

Islamic Law & History at the Middle East Studies Association Conference (2021): Session Roundup

The 2021 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting is taking place on November 29 - December 5, 2021.  A complete program listing all the various sessions can be found here, and registration details can be accessed here. The Islamic Law Blog has curated below a list of panels relating to Islamic law and history … Continue reading Islamic Law & History at the Middle East Studies Association Conference (2021): Session Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Research on Islamic corporate social responsibility and Islamic bank disclosures" (Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 2021) Ardi Gunardi (Universitas Pasundan) and colleagues examine the corporate social responsibility disclosures made in the Islamic banking and finance sector, with a focus on board structure, ownership structure, CEO power, and what they term "shariah governance." Challenging … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup