The Book Launch of Shari'a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology

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March 22, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Middle East History / Studies, Social History / Studies

The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations cordially invites you to the launch of Brinkley M. Messick's new book; Shari'a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Writing and reading, considered as cultural and historical phenomena, have figured centrally in Brinkley M. Messick’s research on Islamic societies in both Arabia and North Africa. This work considers the production and circulation, inscription and subsequent interpretation of Arabic texts such as regional histories, law books, and court records. Professor Messick has sought to understand the relation of writing and authority, events such as the advent of print technology, hybrid contemporary practices of reading, and local histories of record keeping and archiving. Much of this work dovetails with his general interests in legal anthropology and legal history, and with his specific interests in Islamic law. 

Brinkley M. Messick is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He specialises in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law. Professor Messick is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation (1996).

His scholarly articles include Indexing the Self: Expression and Intent in Islamic Legal Acts, Islamic Law & Society (2001); Written Identities: Legal Subjects in an Islamic State, History of Religions (1998); Genealogies of Reading and the Scholarly Cultures of Islam, in S. Humphreys, ed. Cultures of Scholarship (1997); Textual Properties: Writing and Wealth in a Yemeni Shari'a Case, Anthropology Quarterly (1995).

Time and Venue
Thursday 22 March 2018, 17.30 - 19.00
The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DA (Room 2.3, 2nd floor)

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Layal Mohammad

Coordinator, Marketing, Communications and Professional Programmes
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC)
Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom
210 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA

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