Recent Scholarship: Smiley on the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law

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

Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

The South African newspaper Mail & Guardian recently featured a book review of Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World (2018), by Raficq S. Abdullah and Mohamed M. Keshavjee. The book explores the history of sharīʿa and its role in the modern world. Here is an excerpt of the book review: While the authors … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

The latest issue of the Journal of Women's History includes the following article examining gender, race, class, and patriarchy within the British and colonial legal systems: "Class, White Women, and Elite Asian Men in British Courts during the Late Nineteenth Century" by Nurfadzilah Yahaya British imperial politics was profoundly affected by class alongside gender and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

Recent Scholarship: History of Medicine and Islamic Law

Earlier this month, the Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr published a detailed and richly illustrated interview with Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge) discussing his recent book, In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt (UC Press, 2018). Excerpt: Focusing on changes in medicine and law in the 19th century and their … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Medicine and Islamic Law

Opportunity :: Wallace Johnson First Book Program

The Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (ASLH), is designed to provide advice and support to scholars working toward the publication of first books in legal history, broadly defined. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will learn about approaching and … Continue reading Opportunity :: Wallace Johnson First Book Program

Recent Scholarship: Khalilieh on Islamic Law of the Sea

Islamic Law of the Sea: Freedom of Navigation and Passage Rights in Islamic Thought "The doctrine of modern law of the sea is commonly believed to have developed from Renaissance Europe. Often ignored though is the role of Islamic law of the sea and customary practices at that time. In this book, Hassan S. Khalilieh … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Khalilieh on Islamic Law of the Sea

Recent Scholarship: Medieval Islamic Legal Debates

In the latest issue of Studia Islamica, Asma Afsaruddin’s article on “Jihād, Gender, and Religious Minorities in the Siyar Literature: The Diachronic View” compares five medieval works to highlight changing attitudes towards the participation of non-Muslims and women in military jihād. Meanwhile, Omar Farahat’s new book on The Foundation of Norms of Islamic Jurisprudence and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Medieval Islamic Legal Debates

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Apr 15

Rutgers–Camden Magazine recently featured an interview with Prof. Adnan Zulfiqar. The interview discusses his article in the West Virginia Law Review on “Jurisdiction over Jihād: Islamic Law and the Duty to Fight." In the interview, Adnan recommends that policymakers in Muslim-majority countries take back control of the jihad narrative. They need to start articulating jihad … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Apr 15

Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

In his 2017 book, Will Hanley discusses the displacement of qāḍī courts with consular tribunals, and questions of religious authority as they competed with new ideas of nationality at the close of the Ottoman Empire and with the rise of British occupation in Egypt. Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria From the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Here is a round up of recent books on Islamic studies published by Gorgias Press: Fâtima, Daughter of Muḥammad by Christopher Paul Clohessy "But from the shadows of history and the pages of ancient Arabic texts emerges the picture of a startling and distinctive woman who, far from living on the peripheries of Islam’s beginnings, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History