This monthly lecture series is organized by the Project Canonization and Diversification in Islamic Law and in Arabian Rhetoric in Comparison situated in the collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1385) at the Münster University, in cooperation with Program of Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and the Faculty of Theology at Istanbul University.
Hosted by Intisar Rabb, Hakkı Arslan and Necmettin Kızılkaya
All sessions have a duration of 90 minutes including a Q&A period.
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All talks will be recorded and uploaded to the eLectures-platform.
January 27, 5pm CET
Murteza Bedir, Istanbul University: Form, Function and Historical Development of uṣūl al-fiqh as a Genre
February 24, 5pm CET
Mohammad fadel, Toronto University: Form, Function and Historical Development of muḫtaṣar as a Genre
March 31, 6pm CET
Sohail Hanif, Cambridge Muslim College: Form, Function and Historical Development of the sharh-Literature as a Genre. A quantitative and qualitative study
April 28, 6pm CET
Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago: „What kind of thing is a gloss (hashiya)?”
May 26, 6pm CET
Samy Ayoub, University of Texas: „Creativity in Continuity: al-Rasa’il al-Fiqhiyya as a Genre for Legal Change”
Abstract: This talk explores how legal treatises (rasāʾil) were essential sites for the development and expansion of Islamic legal schools’ (madhāhib) positions. I propose that rasāʾil along with legal edicts (fatāwā)––besides legal commentaries (shurūḥ) and manuals (mutūn)––were the prime loci where jurists had to contend with rapid social, political, and economic changes. Although these legal treatises were written to address specific sociolegal issues, I argue that the treatise––as a separate genre––provided a creative space for jurists to reaffirm, restate, or advance new opinions in the school. I propose that legal treatises were carefully considered and extensively referenced in the authoritative works of the school for their updated legal positions, practical utility for judges in courts, and relevance for official policy purposes.
Abstract: Much has been written about the Maliki fatāwā literature and attention has been especially paid to al-Wansharīsī’s (d. 914/1508) compilation. But why were such works written? Were there different types? Were they written at specific times? I will first review the chronology and typology of the fatāwā compilations written in the Islamic West (al-Andalus, Sicily and the Maghreb) between the 3rd/9th-9th/15th centuries. The information regarding their authors and the reasons they stated for compiling legal opinions according to each period will be analyzed as well as the extent to which the fatāwā compilations reflect specific political contexts.
July 28, 6pm CET
Christian Müller, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris: „Siǧillāt and the transformations of the qadis‘ documents in Islamic law (10th-16th centuries)”
August 25, 6pm CET
Walter Edward Young, McGill University: „Form, Function and Historical Development of Genres of Juristic Dialectic (ʿilm al-jadal and ‚ilm al-khilāf)”
September 29, 6pm CET
Anas Sarmini, 29 Mayıs University in Istanbul: „Form, Function and Historical Development of Ikhtilāf al-fuqahāʾ as a Genre“