Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law This month, we convened a live Roundtable webinar on the History of Islamic International Law, which accompanies an online Roundtable on the Islamic Law Blog that will feature essays on the theme each week throughout November and December. Organized by Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Umut Özsu (Carleton University), who are editing a volume on the theme in the Cambridge History of International Law, this Roundtable brings together the contributing authors to that volume – all historians and legal scholars selected for their expertise on the contested status of various visions of international law from the medieval Islamic world to the Ottoman era (622-1923), spanning a variety of regions from across the globe.
Contributing scholars include Cemil Aydin (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Fahad Bishara (University of Virginia), Malika Dekkiche (University of Antwerp), Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto), Aimee Genell (University of West Georgia), Will Hanley (Florida State University), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Will Smiley (University of New Hampshire), Mathieu Tillier (University of Sorbonne), Joshua White (University of Virginia), and Adnan Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School). During the live Roundtable, these scholars deliberated on and debated the larger themes, lingering questions, and ongoing debates surrounding the history of what we have become accustomed to calling “international law.”
The online Roundtable opened with an introduction to the subject from the editors, Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Umut Özsu (Carleton University), and it will feature contributions on Islamic international law and relations across a vast region of the Islamic world in the medieval period, that is, spanning the beginning of Islam to the mid-15th century, mirroring the first part of the volume. It will also feature contributors to the second part of the volume focusing on the Ottoman era, from the mid-15th century to the early 20th century, with particular emphasis on Ottoman-European relations and questions of private and public international law. The live Roundtable has been posted, and essays for the online Roundtable will continue to feature on the Islamic Law Blog through December. Read them today!
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