Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Elizabeth Urban explores the ways in which new Muslims of slave origins were integrated into early Islamic society in "Conquered Populations in Early Islam; Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers," Edinburgh University Press. The book focuses on Muslims of slave origins, who belonged to the society in which they lived but whose slave … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law: A Review of Possessed by the Right Hand, by Bernard Freamon

For my final guest post on this esteemed Islamic Law Blog, I wanted to highlight the publication of a recent book on a subject that has not received the treatment it deserves in the Islamic world. This is the highly charged matter of slavery, which Professor Bernard Freamon tackles admirably in Possessed by the Right … Continue reading The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law: A Review of Possessed by the Right Hand, by Bernard Freamon

:: 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