Aga Khan Workshop on Sharia, Government, and Development — Brown University (Etats-Unis), 04-05/04/2014

This workshop brings together scholars whose works explore the relationships between Islamic law, governance, and socioeconomic development in early modern and modern settings. In this general vein, the event will focus on two interrelated topics.

Law and Governance: This theme includes a set of issues that combine jurisprudence, legal practice, and politics. The presentations explore the ways in which legal structures and political factors influenced one another in different contexts. Central to this general orientation are the jurisprudential interpretations of political authority and how Islamic governments have interpreted the law to justify political objectives. Also relevant to the theme are the limits of change in Islamic law to address novel concerns, the appropriation of Western-style constitutional principles, and the accommodation of human and animal rights principles. The presentations and discussions in the workshop will explore how such attempts have fared in the past, what contemporary formulations involve, and the possibilities for the future.

Law and Development: This theme concerns the relationship between Islamic law, its various context-based articulations, and socioeconomic development. In particular, the workshop will address the relationship between jurisprudential interpretations and specific economic institutions and/or practices. Relevant to this topic is how the question of economic development in Muslim-majority settings might be treated from a legally informed perspective. In the context of this discussion, the workshop will also explore the scope of and limits to legal improvisation in response to socioeconomic pressures and the ways in which new legal concepts, interpretations, and institutions have been constructed to support economic development.


The workshop will be composed of five thematic panels and one open-theme panel over two days.

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 and Sovereignty

Panel chair:

Nathan Brown


Brinkley Messick: TBA

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:

Palmira Brummett


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 (for hosts and participants)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Approaches to Waqf from Different Perspectives

Panel chair:

Faiz Ahmed


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: Bread (Rawls) + Freedom (Sen) = Social Justice? Religion and Economics in the Egyptian Spring

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

6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Faculty Club (for hosts and participants)

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: Sharia as Rule of Law in Afghanistan? The Case of Shah Amanullah’s Nizamnama Codes, 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 (for hosts and participants)

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