The Black Death in the Middle East and Central Asia

By Stuart Borsch[1] This analysis of the Black Death in the Middle East and Central Asia consists of two sections: SECTION ONE sums up results found via (1) Table of mortality of the Black Death in the Middle East and (2) Transmission Timeline East (a) and West (b) for the Black Death in the Middle … Continue reading The Black Death in the Middle East and Central Asia

A Tale of Two Contagions: Science, Imperialism, and the 1883 Cholera in Egypt

By Christopher Rose At Cairo, sanitary matters are nearly at a standstill; the executive administration cannot enforce their orders. On Saturday last, the bad feeling … nearly stirred up a rebellion, so that matters looked very serious. The Egyptian lower classes consider all precautions to be impious; “God is Great,” they cry, and all is … Continue reading A Tale of Two Contagions: Science, Imperialism, and the 1883 Cholera in Egypt

“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

Economic Impact and Consequences of the Plagues on the Medieval Middle East      

By Şevket Pamuk * This is a summary of an article co-authored by Şevket Pamuk & Maya Shatzmiller, Plagues, Wages and Economic Change in the Islamic Middle East, 700-1500, 74 The Journal of Economic History 196 (2014). The medieval and early modern Middle East experienced two long episodes of plague. Both the Justinian Plague that began in … Continue reading Economic Impact and Consequences of the Plagues on the Medieval Middle East      

:: Pandemic Roundtable :: Introduction

In the age of COVID-2019, we at the Islamic Law Blog have curated a set of essays on the theme of pandemics in Islamic history and thought. Leading scholars and advanced students of Islamic law and history comment on the phenomena of plagues and epidemics across centuries and geographic boundaries, giving us an opportunity to … Continue reading :: Pandemic Roundtable :: Introduction

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Kuwait amends the adhan to urge prayer at home amidst mosque closures. … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup