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Call for Papers: Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration

August 1, 2019

The Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) invites submission of papers for its panel entitled “Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration” at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:15pm. The panel is co-sponsored by the Section on Criminal Justice.

The panel looks to broadly address topics relating to Islamic criminal law from any historical period or geographic region. Particular interest will be in papers that focus on the range of issues raised by contemporary discussions of mass incarceration in the United States. The idea would be to explore how Islamic law might respond, react, embrace or reject mass incarceration and its associated topics. We anticipate papers might explore ideas on theories of punishment in Islamic law, juristic responses to the rise of prisons, notions of disparate treatment in sentencing, the role of race, challenges of overcriminalization, etc.

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Adnan Zulfiqar (adnan.zulfiqar@rutgers.edu) no later than August 1, 2019. The Section welcomes submissions from academics at all levels: tenured, pre-tenure, non-tenure track, fellows, visiting assistant professors, adjunct professors, graduate students, etc.

Note that presenters will be expected to pay the membership and registration fees to attend AALS (www.aals.org).


August 1, 2019
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