Friday, April 4

8:30 a.m.: Coffee and Registration


8:45 – 9:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

Beshara Doumani, Director, Middle East Studies, Brown University


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Jurisprudence, Interpretation, and Governance

Panel chair:

Nathan Brown


Brinkley Messick: The Shari’a Archive

Mohammad Fadel: Agency, Representation and the Sunni Conception of Governance

Martha Mundy: Against ‘Islamic Law’: Imagining Normativity Outside Modern Sovereignty


10:30 – 11:00 am: Coffee Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  Legal Interpretation and Practice in the Ottoman Empire

Panel chair:

Faiz Ahmed


Guy Burak: The Ottoman Introduction of Kanun to the Arabic-Speaking Middle East

Boğaç Ergene: Law and Legal Practice in a Period of Flux in Ottoman History (17th and 18th Centuries)

William Smiley: Legitimation, Legal Advice, and Statecraft: The Şeyhülislam and the Ottoman Law of Rebellion, 1769-1830


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Kim Koo Library (participants and hosts only)


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Approaches to Waqf

Panel chair:
Kristen Stilt


Beshara Doumani: The Waqf as a Family Charter

Timur Kuran: Institutional Roots of Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East: Political Legacies of the Islamic Waqf

Kristin Diwan: Islamic Development and Islamist Politics: The Revival of Awqaf in Kuwait


3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break


3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Economic Rights, Social Justice, and Innovation

Panel Chair:

Martha Mundy


Maya Shatzmiller: Women’s Property Rights in Islamic Law and Society – Significance and Impact

Mahmoud El-Gamal: Neoliberalism, Islam(ism), and Social Justice in the Arab Spring

Ruth Miller: Bacterial, Computational, and Cloned Life?  The Ottoman-Islamic Law and Politics of Nonhuman Vitality

6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Biltmore Hotel (participants and hosts only)


Saturday, April 5

8:00 a.m.: Coffee


8:15 – 9:45 a.m.: Law-Making and Constitutional Processes

Panel Chair:

Maya Shatzmiller


Faiz Ahmed: An ‘Islamic Rule of Law’ in Afghanistan? The Case of the Nizamnama Reforms of Amir Amanullah Khan, 1919-1926

Nathan Brown: The Fate of Islamic Inflation after the Arab Uprisings of 2011

Kristen Stilt: Constitutionalizing Animals in Egypt


9: 45 – 10:15 a.m.: Coffee Break


10:15 – 11:45 a.m.:  Open-Theme Discussion

Discussion Leader:

Beshara Doumani


11:45 a.m.: Lunch in South Common Room (participants and hosts only)


End of Program


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