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