Thank you, Matthew L. Keegan, for joining us as guest blog editor in May. In case you missed his essays, here they are: Why Study Islamic Legal Riddles? Riddles, Influence, and Borrowing from Rival Legal Schools Moral Registers in Islamic Law, Adab, and Ethics Skullduggery, Literature, and the Legal Imagination Thank you! Follow Matthew L. … Continue reading Thank you, Matthew L. Keegan!
Moral Registers in Islamic Law, Adab, and Ethics
By Matthew L. Keegan Islamic law is one among several Islamic discourses and normative discourses that intermingled with Islamic epistemes and ecumenes in the pre-modern world. In Marion Holmes Katz's recent monograph, readers encounter a sophisticated reading of the intersecting and divergent approaches of law, asceticism, and Islamic philosophical ethics. As she demonstrates in one … Continue reading Moral Registers in Islamic Law, Adab, and Ethics
Riddles, Influence, and Borrowing from Rival Legal Schools
By Matthew L. Keegan How did scholars from different Sunnī legal schools respond to and interact with the scholarship of other schools? The answer to this question, of course, depends upon the particular historical context, the institutional strength of one school or another, the social context of education, and other factors. In some places and … Continue reading Riddles, Influence, and Borrowing from Rival Legal Schools
Why Study Islamic Legal Riddles?
By Matthew L. Keegan When I first came across a chapter on legal riddles in the Kitāb al-Ashbāh wa’l-Naẓāʾir of Ibn Nujaym (d. 970/1563) in graduate school, I was immediately fascinated. I had never heard of the genre and could find little about it. The riddles themselves had a playful literariness to them, which appealed … Continue reading Why Study Islamic Legal Riddles?
Welcome to our May Guest Blogger: Matthew L. Keegan
Matthew L. Keegan is the Moinian Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. His research program explores the intersections of Islamic law and Arabic literature. He has published articles on Islamic legal riddles, Quranic exegesis, the commentary tradition around al-Ḥarīrī’s Maqāmāt, and the prose and poetry of the … Continue reading Welcome to our May Guest Blogger: Matthew L. Keegan