Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System

Forms and Institutions of Justice: Legal Actions in Ottoman Contexts, edited by Yavuz Aykan and Işık Tamdoğan This volume examines the concept of "justice" across different times and places that were under Ottoman rule. It challenges the unitary conception of an "Ottoman Justice" and the legal and procedural dominance accorded the kadi in Ottoman historiography. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System

Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

On October 22nd, Professor Will Smiley of the University of New Hampshire spoke to a group of twenty-three students, professors, and scholars on his new book From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book takes a look at the independent evolution of a recognizable … Continue reading Harvard Worldwide Week Event: SHARIAsource Book Talk :: From Slaves to Prisoners of War

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

SHARIAsource guest lecturer Amir Toft presented to a group of twelve students and scholars on “A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century” during the May 1st ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk. Toft is a 2017-2018 Research Fellow in the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

In this post, Dr. James Baldwin examines a petition sent to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt in 1155 AH (1742-3), concerning a dispute between a Muslim and a Christian in the town of Zifta. The Muslim petitioner attempts to enforce the regulation of the Pact of 'Umar that forbids non-Muslims from having houses taller than … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

Historical Primary Sources: A Legal and Diplomatic Justification of the Ottoman Declaration of War Against Russia, 1768

This document is a beyānnāme, or declaration, sent by the Ottoman reʾīsül-kuttāb (chief scribe) to Britain's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, justifying the Ottoman declaration of war on Russia by explaining Russia's violation of treaty obligations. The document gives insight into eighteenth-century Ottoman attitudes to international law and its relationship with Islamic law. Contributed by … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: A Legal and Diplomatic Justification of the Ottoman Declaration of War Against Russia, 1768

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender

Elizabeth H. Shlala, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies  April 4, 2017 |12:30 to 2:00 pm | CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St Cambridge, MA 02138 Elizabeth H. Shlala earned a PhD in History from Georgetown University. She has held academic positions at London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, … Continue reading The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender

IN SUMMARY :: MESA Panel on Islamic Law as Early International Law

At the MESA Conference on November 20, SHARIAsource Editor Will Smiley served as discussant for a thematic conversation on "International Law, Sovereignty and Subjecthood in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Building on a conference held at the CUNY Graduate Center and an earlier thematic conversation at last year’s MESA, the panelists discussed how the Ottoman state … Continue reading IN SUMMARY :: MESA Panel on Islamic Law as Early International Law