Recent Scholarship: El Shamsy on Islamic Legal History

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Ahmed El Shamsy recently published an article in the Journal of the American Oriental Society on the historical development of Islamic legal theory. “Bridging the Gap: Two Early Texts of Islamic Legal Theory” This article introduces two surviving, very early legal-theoretical texts, written by Ibn Surayj (d. 306/918) and al-Khaffāf (fl. first … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: El Shamsy on Islamic Legal History

ILSP Lunch Talk :: Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Ahmed El Shamsy presented to a group of seven scholars on “Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link” during the March 20th ILSP: SHARIAsource Lunch Talk. His discussion looked at how male grooming practices were used by early Muslims to distinguish themselves from those of other communities, … Continue reading ILSP Lunch Talk :: Hair and Identity in Islamic and Jewish Law: Uncovering an Unlikely Link

Commentary: The Logic of Excluding Testimony in Early Islam

In chapter one of Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, Ahmed El Shamsy examines selected criteria used to exclude the testimony of certain types of witnesses in Islamic courts of the second century AH / eighth century CE. Specifically, the chapter seeks to make three points: 1. In the early second century, Muslim judges presiding over … Continue reading Commentary: The Logic of Excluding Testimony in Early Islam