VII Conference Program

“Islamic Law and the State”

Seventh Islamic Legal Studies Conference, Ankara

Convened under the auspices of the Turkish Historical Association, Ankara


Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Keynote Speech: Halil Inalcik (Bilkent University, Ankara)


PANEL I: Courts and the State

Steven Judd (Southern Connecticut State University), Implementation and Appeal of Qadis’ Rulings during the Umayyad Period

Mathieu Tillier (IFPO, Damascus), “Constitutionalism” under the Abbasids: How Qadis Learned to Resist Political Pressure in Theory and Practice

Nimrod Hurvitz (Ben Gurion University), Tensions between Qadi Courts and Mazalim Tribunes in the Ahkam al-Sultaniyya of al-Mawardi and Abu Ya`la 

Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London), Siyasa and Shari‘a under the Mamluks

Irene Schneider (University of Göttingen), Extra-Shari‘a Jurisdiction? The Jurisdiction of ‘Urfi- and Shar‘i-Courts in Nineteenth-Century Iran



PANEL II: Muftis and the State

Delfina Serrano (CSIC, Madrid), Sharia and Rule under the Almoravids

Samy Ayoub (University of Arizona, Tucson), The Egyptian Inheritance Statute: The Irrelevance of Territoriality?

Muhammad al-Atawneh (Ben Gurion University), The Search for an Islamic State: Debating Politics and Governance in Contemporary Fatwas

Ron Shaham (Hebrew University), Politics and Gender: Qaradawi on Women in Roles of Political Leadership


Thursday, May 31, 2012


PANEL III: Jurists and the State

Nejmeddine Hentati (Zaytuna University, Tunis), Maliki Jurists in the Medieval Muslim West Between Submission and Revolt

Murteza Bedir (Istanbul University), As-Siyasa ad-diniyya vs. as-siyasa al-hissiyya: al-Hasiri’s (5th/11th Century, Central Asia) Conception of the Relationship between Temporal Power and Religious Power

Marion Katz (New York University), Public Ritual and the Boundaries of Government Authority

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), Arguing the Caliphate:  The Necessity of Political Authority in Islamic Law


PANEL IV: Rulers and the Law

Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid), Codification of the Law in the Islamic West

Florence Hodous (SOAS), The role of the Yasa and yarghuchis in the Ilkhanate

Asad Q. Ahmed (Washington University, St. Louis), On Its Head: Categorizing the Shari\\\'a in British India

Susanne Dahlgren (Helsinki University), ‘Not to Touch the Custom and Religion’: Anglo-Muhammadan Law and the Colonial State as a faqih

Katherine Hoffman (Northwestern University), Islamic Law, Berber Custom, and Gender under the French Protectorate of Morocco (1912-1956)

Russell Hopley (Bowdoin College), Confronting the Colonizer: ‘Ali ibn ‘Abd al-Salam al-Tusuli and the Early Jihad against the French Occupation of Algeria


Business Meeting, for ISILS members only        


Friday, June 1, 2012


PANEL V: Ottoman Law and the State

Timothy J. Fitzgerald (James Madison University), Negotiated Fiat: Ottoman Provincial Law Codes and Governance in Theory and Practice

Sabrina Joseph (Zayed University, Dubai), Demarcating the Boundaries of State Power:  Fatwās on waqfs and Peasant Tenure in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Syria

Engin Akarli (Brown University), The Processes of Law and Regulation Making in 18th-Century Ottoman Istanbul

James Baldwin (Queen Mary, University of London), Mazalim in Ottoman Cairo: The Role of the Sultan and the Provincial Governor in Administering Justice


Panel Discussion: Rob Gleave, Ruud Peters, Frank Vogel