:: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: The Handmaiden’s Tale

By Kecia Ali (Boston University) As someone who researches and teaches about early Islamic law, I have longed for a translation of the Muwaṭṭaʾ which renders legal terminology with consistency and precision, suitable for skimming, quoting, recommending to interested lay readers, and assigning to students. There have been two “nonacademic” English translations, primarily aimed at “pious … Continue reading :: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: The Handmaiden’s Tale

Slavery and Freedom in the Yaḥyā b. Yaḥyā (d. 234/848) Recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ of Mālik b. Anas

The years I spent working on the forthcoming translation of the Muwaṭṭaʾ overlapped in part with the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”), and its claim to a caliphate. Among other outrages, ISIS introduced certain forms of slavery to the territory under its control, most prominently, concubinage. This decision was ostensibly … Continue reading Slavery and Freedom in the Yaḥyā b. Yaḥyā (d. 234/848) Recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ of Mālik b. Anas

Recent Scholarship: Smiley on the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law

Public Domain: Parkhet P.P. (1907 - 1986)

A new book by Will Smiley (Reed College), From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, Nov. 2018), examines the origins of the concept of the “prisoner of war” in the Ottoman Empire, telling the story of an alternate path to the rules of modern international law. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Smiley on the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law