ILSS: Irene Schneider

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Professor Irene Schneider (Göttingen University) spoke about her new book, “Debating the Law, Creating Gender: Sharia and Lawmaking in Palestine”  (Brill, 2021). She examined how family law in Palestine, despite being a controversial topic publicly debated by representatives of the state, Sharia establishment, and civil society, does […]

ILSS: Issam Eido

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, Professor Issam Eido (Vanderbilt University) presented “Pre-Canonical Islamic Legal Canons: An Analysis of Early Hanafi Literature” as part of our Islamic Law Speaker Series. Eido traced the legal canons that were used in early Hanafi sources, beginning with Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī’s (d. 189/805) works and ending with Abū Zayd […]

ILSS: Hedayat Heikal

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Dr. Hedayat Heikal presented “Inheritance versus Personal Status: Shifting National Strategies in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia.” Heikal argued that demands for equality in inheritance among similarly situated male and female heirs have taken a confessionalist turn. Whether by legislation in Syria or through court […]

Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres

On December 1, 2021, we hosted a Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres as a culmination of the monthly lecture series where a group of scholars of Islamic law and history met monthly to explore the form and function of genres popular in Islamic law. This event was convened by Hakki Arslan, Necmettin Kizilkaya, and, PIL Faculty Director, Intisar Rabb. Contributing scholars include Hakki Arslan, Ahmad […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Marion Katz

On October 27, 2021, Marion Katz (New York University) presented “Form, Function and Historical Development of the ṭabaqāt al-fuqaha literature.” Katz’ talk was composed of three sections: a review of scholarship on ṭabaqāt, followed by the objectives of legal biographies, and finally a discussion of whether or not ṭabaqāt constitute a single coherent genre. Professor Katz argues that […]

Book Talk: Katharina Ivanyi

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Dr. Katharina Ivanyi (University of Vienna) spoke about her new book, Virtue, Piety and the Law: A Study of Birgivī Meḥmed Efendī’s (d. 981/1573) al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya (Brill, 2020). Ivanyi examined a major work of pietist exhortation and advice composed by the sixteenth-century Ottoman jurist, Ḥadīth scholar, and grammarian, who articulates a style of religiosity […]

ILSS: Yusuf Celik

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, PIL Data Science Fellow, Dr. Yusuf Celik, presented “Islamicate Digital Humanities and Redefining the Hermeneutical Circle in the Age of Data Science.” Noting that one of the most recognizable tropes in hermeneutics is undoubtedly the ‘hermeneutical circle,’ Celik argued that this has symbolized the dialectical nature of our understanding, namely that we understand the whole from its parts and […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Anas Sarmini

On September 29, 2021, Anas Sarmini (29 Mayis University, Istanbul) presented “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Ikhtilāf al-fuqahāʾ as a Genre.” Sarmini’s lecture described the historical development of ikhtilāf literature over three phases, and the influence of two intellectual currents in forging this genre of Islamic law. Ikhtilāf, or legal controversy, was an important way of articulating […]

Islamic Legal Genres – Walter Edward Young

On August 25, 2021, Walter Edward Young (McGill University) presented “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Genres of Juristic Dialectic.” Young discussed the topic of juristic dialectic, in Arabic, ʿilm al-jadal wal-khilāf, and he noted that premodern and modern Muslim scholars have discussed dialectical theories under the terms munāẓara and baḥth as well as. Young divides the process by which […]

Book Talk: Rachel Scott

On Tuesday, September 14th,  Professor Rachel Scott (Virginia Tech) spoke about her new book, Recasting Islamic Law: Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making (Cornell University Press, 2021). In her talk, Scott discusses the intersection of Islamic law, state law, religion, and culture in the Egyptian nation-building process. She highlights how  the sharia, when attached to constitutional commitments, is reshaped […]