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April 2020

Conference: 3rd Islamicate Digital Humanities Network Conference

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00 - 13:00

The Islamicate Digital Humanities Network is hosting their 3rd conference on Wednesday, April 29th from 10 am to 1 pm EDT (consult the time table below and attached to this post, in order to find out at what time the meeting is taking place in your time zone). The conference will be held online on ZOOM (an account is not necessary). 3rd IDHN Online Conference Date and Time: San Francisco: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 07 am PDT Chicago: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020…

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Seminar (Via Zoom): Nükhet Varlık on “Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus,” Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

April 30, 2020 @ 15:00 - 16:30

SEMINAR (via Zoom): "Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus" by Nükhet Varlık The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to present this seminar by Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University - Newark and the University of South Carolina. Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | via Zoom Please complete the online form to RSVP and receive a Zoom link for the seminar by email.

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May 2020

Seminar (Via Zoom): “The ‘Spanish Influenza’ in Egypt,” Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

May 6, 2020 @ 15:00 - 16:30

Director's Series Lecture (via Zoom): "The 'Spanish' Influenza in Egypt" by Christopher Rose The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to present this Director's Series lecture by Christopher Rose, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at University of Texas at Austin Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 3-4:30pm | via Zoom Abstract: The “Spanish influenza” pandemic that struck Egypt in fall 1918 resulted in the death of eleven out of every one thousand people. The Egyptian public…

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September 2020

HLS PIL Book Talk: Prof. Nurfadzilah Yahaya, “Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia”

September 15, 2020 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Join us for the Program in Islamic Law's Academic Year 2020-2021 Book Talk Series launch!   On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Prof. Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore, Dept of History) will speak on her new book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia. She will be joined by discussant Dr. Iza Hussain (University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Dept. of Politics and International Studies), author of the book The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the…

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September 2021

Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: Anas Sarmini, “Form, Function and Historical Development of Ikhtilāf al-fuqahāʾ as a Genre”

September 29, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Professor Anas Sarmini (Istanbul 29 Mayis University), will speak on the form, function, and historical development of ikhtilāf al-fuqahāʾ as a genre as part of our ongoing monthly lecture series. Dr. Sarmini is an Assistant Professor at the Istanbul 29 May University. His research focuses on ḥadīth, uṣūl al-fiqh (jurisprudence), and Arabic. He completed his doctoral degree on ḥadīth and sunna from the University of Jinan in 2015, and a master’s degree on Arabic literature…

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October 2021

Islamic Law Speaker Series: Yusuf Celik, “Islamicate Digital Humanities and Redefining the Hermeneutical Circle in the Age of Data Science”

October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, with Dr. Yusuf Celik (Harvard Law School), will speak about redefining the hermeneutical circle in the age of data science. Dr. Celik is currently the inaugural Data Science Fellow at the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He has previously served as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Utrecht. His research centers on philosophical…

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Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: Marion Katz, “Form, Function and Historical Development of the ṭabaqāt al-fuqaha literature”

October 27, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Professor Marion Holmes Katz (New York University), will speak on the form, function, and historical development of the ṭabaqāt al-fuqahāʾ literature as part of our ongoing monthly lecture series. Prof. Katz is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, where she has been teaching since 2002. Her research revolves around issues of Islamic law, ethics, gender, and ritual. She received a BA from Yale and a PhD from the…

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November 2021

Islamic Law Speaker Series: Katharina Ivanyi, Book Talk: “Virtue, Piety and the Law: A Study of Birgivī Meḥmed Efendī’s (d. 981/1573) al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya”

November 9, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Dr. Katharina Ivanyi (University of Vienna)will speak on her new book, Virtue, Piety and the Law: A Study of Birgivī Meḥmed Efendī’s (d. 981/1573) al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya (Brill, 2020). Dr. Ivanyi is a historian of Islam in the pre-modern and modern periods with interests in Islamic Law and theology, Sufism and the Islamic philosophical tradition. She is currently an external lecturer at the Institut für Orientalistik at the University of Vienna. Dr. Ivanyi…

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December 2021

Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres

December 1, 2021 @ 09:00 - 12:30

We are excited to announce our upcoming Roundtable on Islamic Legal Genres, happening on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 9:00am-12:30pm EST / 3:00pm-6:30pm Germany / 5:00pm-8:30pm Turkey via Zoom. This Roundtable will conclude our Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres, convened by Professors Hakki Arslan, Necmettin Kizilkaya, and Intisar Rabb, in which a group of scholars of Islamic law and history have been giving monthly lectures that explore the form and function of popular genres  in Islamic law. These monthly lectures will now culminate in an online discussion on how the development of different genres accompanied diverse functions…

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February 2022

Conversations on South Asia with Sana Haroon, Interdisciplinary Debates @ Dartmouth College, Feb 8.

February 2 @ 08:00 - 17:00

February's "Conversations on South Asia" event will be with author Sana Haroon for a discussion of "The Mosques of Colonial South Asia: A Social and Legal History of Muslim Worship." Adnan Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School) and Mudit Trivedi (Stanford University) will be joining the author for this conversation. Register Today.   Conversations Flyer - Haroon - Feb. 8    

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Islamic Law Speaker Series: Hedayat Heikal, “Inheritance versus Personal Status: Shifting National Strategies in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia”

February 8 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Dr. Hedayat Heikal (Harvard Law School) will speak about inheritance and personal status laws in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia. Dr. Heikal is currently a  Research Fellow 2021-2022 at the Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School. She previously served as a Research Scholar in Law and the inaugural Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School, held a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, as…

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Debating Muslim Legal Sovereignty in Colonial India, The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

February 24 @ 12:00 - 13:30

SEMINAR: "DEBATING MUSLIM LEGAL SOVEREIGNTY IN COLONIAL INDIA" BY SOHAIRA SIDDIQUI Date:  Thursday, February 24, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm   Location: via Zoom    RSVP Here Sohaira Siddiqui, Associate Professor of Theology, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Co-sponsors: Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and Department of South Asian Studies

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March 2022

Islamic Law Speaker Series: Issam Eido, “Pre-Canonical Islamic Legal Canons: An Analysis of Early Hanafi Literature”

March 8 @ 12:00

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 2:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Professor Issam Eido (Vanderbilt University) will present "Pre-Canonical Islamic Legal Canons: An Analysis of Early Hanafi Literature" as part of our Islamic Law Speaker Series. Eido will attempt to trace 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 al-Dabūsī’s (d. 430/1038) works. These canons, throughout their evolution, have been exposed to multiple procedures…

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April 2022

Islamic Law Speaker Series: Irene Schneider, Book Talk: “Debating the Law, Creating Gender: Sharia and Lawmaking in Palestine”

April 12 @ 12:00 - 13:00

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, Professor Irene Schneider (Göttingen University) will speak on her new book, Debating the Law, Creating Gender: Sharia and Lawmaking in Palestine (Brill, 2021). Irene Schneider is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Göttingen University. In 1996 she completed her habilitation at the University of Cologne with a study published under the title Kinderverkauf und Schuldknechtschaft. Untersuchungen zur frühen Phase des islamischen Rechts (with a short English version, “Freedom and Slavery in Early…

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