Islam and the Humanities

Sharia, Government, and Development
April 4-5, 2014, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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
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
Chair: Faiz Ahmed

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

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

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 

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

Chair: Martha Mundy

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

Mahmoud El-GamalNeoliberalism, 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

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)