We are scholars in the history of Islamic law and civilization looking for someone to complete our panel submission for the 2018 American Society for Legal History annual conference in Houston, Texas, Nov. 8-11. Our working panel title is “Courts and Judges in Islamic History," which may be tweaked to fit the panel's final composition.
We invite papers that discuss Islamic courts and the various roles of judges from historical as well as theoretical perspectives. We have a slight preference for papers that take up theoretical discussions about courts and judges rather than archival descriptions, though that is a matter of emphasis, and papers may certainly combine literary and documentary research. We are open to papers on all geographies of the Islamic world and all periods before the 20th century, provided that the panel's thematic concerns are satisfied.
The current co-panelists are Raha Rafii, a PhD Candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department at UPenn, who works on Twelver Shiʿi juristic discourses on judgeship in practical law texts dating from the 11th to 14th centuries CE; and Amir Toft, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago and research fellow at Yale Law School, who works on Ottoman legal administration in the late 16th and early 17th centuries CE.
If you are interested in joining our panel proposal, please send a 300-word abstract and a current CV (or just a brief bio about you and your work) to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by no later than Friday February 16, 2018. We will consider abstracts as they come in, so kindly write us as soon as you can. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
Raha Rafii and Amir Toft