CFP: “Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration” (AALS 2020)

Adnan Zulfiqar's picture
Call for Papers
September 1, 2019
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Human Rights, Law and Legal History, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

The Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) invites abstracts for papers for a panel on “Islamic Law and the Idea of Mass Incarceration” at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. The panel is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of AALS.

The panel will take place on January 5th, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:15pm at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

The panel welcomes a broad range of topics relating to Islamic criminal law from any historical period or geographic region with a particular interest in papers that focus on the range of issues raised by contemporary discussions of mass incarceration in the United States. The idea would be to explore how Islamic law might respond, react, embrace or reject mass incarceration and its associated topics. We anticipate papers might explore ideas on theories of punishment in Islamic law, juristic responses to the rise of prisons, notions of disparate treatment in sentencing, the role of race, challenges of overcriminalization, etc.

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Adnan Zulfiqar ( no later than September 1st, 2019. The Section welcomes submissions from academics at all levels: tenured, pre-tenure, non-tenure track, fellows, visiting assistant professors, adjunct professors, graduate students, etc. 

Note that presenters will be expected to pay the membership and registration fees to attend AALS (

Contact Info: 

Adnan Zulfiqar (Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School)