Gibb Lecture :: Scholars and Rulers in Al-Andalus: Averroes’ Disgrace in Context, Maribel Fierro, Senior Research Fellow, ILSP; Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Harvard University; Director, El Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain. Tuesday, March 7 | 4.00-6.00p | CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Room

Fellow’s Lecture :: The Trial of a Heretic (Muslim Toledo, 11th Century): Judicial Procedure and Political Context, Maribel Fierro, Senior Research Fellow, ILSP; Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Harvard University; Director, El Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain. Mon, March 27 | 12.00-1.00p | WCC 5052. Join a lunch discussion with Professor Maribel Fierro. The Andalusi Ibn Sahl (d. 486/1070) started his judicial career as secretary of the judge of Toledo. There, in 457/1064, a man called Ibn Hatim al-Tulaytuli was accused of being a heretic and condemned to the death penalty, although the consulting jurists concluded that he was first to be granted the possibility of challenging the witnesses (al-i`dhar). The judge of Toledo recorded the testimonies, the legal opinions and his judgment in a document (sijill) of which a number of copies were made. In the meantime, the accused had fled Toledo taking refuge in the neighbouring reign of Badajoz. A zealous Toledan, Ibn Labid al-Murabit, availed himself of a copy of the judicial document and visited a number of distinguished scholars in different Andalusi reigns asking them for their legal opinion regarding Ibn Hatim’s case. My paper will try to reconstruct the social and political context in which this long and complicated trial took place.


Fellow’s Lecture :: Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and His Neglected Views on Islamic Law, Mubasher Hussain, ILSP: SHARIAsource Fellow; Head, Sirah Unit, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Tues, April 17 | 12.00-1.00p | WCC 3016. Join a lunch discussion with Dr. Hussain. Ahmad bin ‘Abd al-Rahim, popularly known as Shah Waliullah Dehlavi (1114-1176/1703-1762), one of the greatest thinkers produced by Muslim South Asia, was a prolific writer of his age who contributed to almost every branch of Islamic knowledge and inspired almost all religious circles through his thought-provoking ideas. He has been looked into in terms of his educational and socio-political ideas as well as his mystical approaches while his views on Islamic law (and his attempt to reconcile interpretive differences in Islamic law and jurisprudence) have been ignored, from within as well as from without. To reconstruct his legal ideas, I intend to revisit the various sources in order to trace trajectories of the discourse that led to the silencing of this part of Waliullah´s writings.

Fellow’s Lecture :: The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches, Sohaira Siddiqui, Policy Fellow, SHARIAsource; Assistant Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. Mon, Apr 25 | 12.00-1.00p | WCC 3007. Join a lunch discussion with Professor Siddiqui who will talk about the rise and implementation of Anglo-Muhammadan law in British India. Most characterizations of Anglo-Muhammadan law depict it as a colonial legal project that displaced Islamic law and its institutions of authority. While this is largely accurate, the dynamics between Islamic law, Anglo-Muhammadan Law and British law were altered with the appointment of Indian Muslims as High Court judges. This talk will look at these shifting dynamics after the appointment of Justice Syed Mahmood, the first Muslim to be appointed as a High Court judge.

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Other Lectures and Events

Qur’anists in al-Andalus? ( 5 Apr 2017 | Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ )

ILSP/SHARIAsource and CMES senior fellow Maribel Fierro will be speaking as part of the Institute for Advanced Study’s Near/Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Lecture Series 2016/2017. She explores the production of religious and political authority sharing her study of how prophets accepted by Islam are represented. See full details. 

Launch of “The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal.” (11 Apr 2017 | New York, New York). The Institute of Advanced Study’s launch event of “The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal” will be on April 11, 2017 at the residence of the German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Register here for the event.