17th – 18th June 2022: Rob Gleave at the “Canon or Code? Standardising and Transmitting Islamic Law” Conference, Bergen
Rob Gleave was a speaker in the closing panel discussion of the “Canon or Code? Standardising and Transmitting Islamic Law” conference, part of the Cancode project, led by Professor Eirik Hovden. A report on the conference can be found here.
14th – 16th June 2022: Rob Gleave speaks on “When Can You Reject the Literal Meaning? Answers from Early Muslim Legal Hermeneutics”
Rob Gleave presented at a conference in honour of Professor Jon Whitman on the occasion of his retirement. The conference, drawing on Professor Whitman’s ground-breaking work on the `notion of the literal sense, Rob Gleave presented his own appreciation of Professor Whitman’s framework in his lecture “When Can You Reject the Literal Meaning? Answers from Early Muslim Legal Hermeneutics”.
27th – 29th May 2022: Rob Gleave speaks at the Inaugural Conference of the Working Group for the Islamic Philosophy of Law
Rob Gleave gave the opening lecture of the Inaugural conference of the Working Group for the Islamic Philosophy of Law, led by Professor Serdar Kurnaz at the Humboldt University, Berlin. His talk was titled: “Legal Judgements and Moral Assessments: How does usul al-fiqh conceptualise the law/morality distinction?” Details of the conference can be found here.
20th – 21st May 2022: International Society for Islamic Legal Studies: Shiite Legal Development Panel chaired by Rob Gleave
Rob Gleave chaired a dedicated panel to Shiite legal developments at the ISILS conference held at the Agha Khan University, London. The panel included presentations from LAWALISI team member George Warner and long-time LAWALISI collaborator Hadi Qazwini. Details here.
21st February 2022: Kumail Rajani: “Shi’i Legal Tradition of India in the 18th and 19th Centuries”, Dynamics of Law across the Indian Ocean, Oman
Kumail’s presentation examined the Shiʿi legal tradition of India in the 18th and 19th centuries and whether it is a distinct tradition (madrasa) that is increasingly becoming popular in the secondary literature. By analysing the legal works in South India (Deccan) and North India (Lucknow), he demonstrated that the debates between Usulis and Akhbaris in India are reflections of their debates in the shrine cities of Iraq.
23rd January 2022: Kumail Rajani: “A non-living mujtahid has no opinion”, Exeter – Berkeley Text Reading Workshop
Kumail Rajani presented his translation (along with his comments) of a treatise entitled Risālat fī jawāz taqlīd al-mayyit by Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Ardabīlī (d. 993/1585), popularly known as al-Muqaddas al-Ardabīlī. It concerns the then hotly debated topic of permissibility (or otherwise) of following the legal opinions of a mujtahid who is no longer alive.
20th January 2022: Rob Gleave: “Must a Caliph be Popular? The Theological and Legal Ramifications of early Muslim Leadership Selection”
Rob Gleave gave a guest lecture at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion in their “Voting the Divine?” lecture series, exploring the links between religion and democratic ideals.
15th January 2022: Rob Gleave presents “Law, Politics and Magic in Islam: The Strange Case of Mirza Muhammad Nishaburi”
Rob Gleave delivered a guest online lecture at the University of Calgary, Canada as part of the Department of Religion and Classics lecture series. You can watch the lecture online here.
9th December 2021: Rob Gleave presents at the journée d’étude “le Terme Maʿnā dans la tradition arabe” held at Paris Diderot University
Rob Gleave on “The maʿnā/murād distinction in Shī’ī ușūl al-fiqh” at this colloquium organised by Drs Miriam Rogasch and Lucie Tardy of the Université: Paris Diderot as part of a longer term project on the term maʿna in Islamic thought.
1st December 2021: Rob Gleave contributes to Online Roundtable: Genre as a tool for Understanding Islamic Law
Rob Gleave participated in the online roundtable hosted by the Harvard Program in Islamic Law, the University of Munster and the University of Istanbul. Details of the event can be found here.
25th November 2021: Rob Gleave delivers the Carsten Neibuhr Lecture, Copenhagen: Shi’ism, Sunnism and the Idea of Islamic Orthodoxy
Rob Gleave, recipient of the first Carsten Neibuhr prize delivered this lecture at the Davids Collection, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. Details can be found here.
17th June 2021: LAWALISI convenes a panel for the British Association of Islamic Studies
LAWALISI convened a panel as part of BRAIS’s online series titled Law and Authority in Shi’ite Islam with contributions from LAWALISI fellows Raha Rafii (“Envisioning the Medieval Judge in the Genre of Adab al-qāḍī: The Protocol of the Judge.”), Kumail Rajani (“Even if the Prophet did not Say it”) and Cameron Zargar (“Marja’iyya between law and laity: the requirements of jurists as imagined by their followers“).
5th March 2021: Harvard Islamic Law Blog Roundtable Event
Rob Gleave participated in the Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies programme online roundtable event. The event included over 20 international contributors discussing the latest development in the field of Islamic legal studies. Details here.
10th December 2021: Rob Gleave’s Harvard Islamic Law Blog published
Rob Gleave’s blog post “Shīʿī law/Islamic Law: Some Category Problems” has been published: https://islamiclaw.blog/2020/12/10/shi%ca%bfi-law-islamic-law-some-category-problems/ . In it he examines how the field has struggled to include Shīʿī legal developments in the general narrative of Islamic legal development.