Scripture, Translation, and Authority in Muslim South Asia, 18th-20th Centuries

The Harvard Law and Religion Lecture Series presents a talk by Muhammad Qasim Zaman. Zaman is a professor in the department of Religion and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He has written on the relation­ship between religious and political institutions in medieval and modern Islam, on social and legal thought in the modern Muslim world, on institutions and traditions of learning in Islam, and on the flow of ideas between South Asia and the Arab Middle East. He is the author of Religion and Politics under the Early Abbasids (1997), The Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change (2002), Ashraf Ali Thanawi: Islam in Modern South Asia (2008), and Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism (2012). With Robert W. Hefner, he is also the co-editor of Schooling Islam: The Culture and Politics of Modern Muslim Education (2007); with Roxanne L. Euben, of Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought (2009); and, as associate editor, with Gerhard Bowering et al., of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (2013). Among his current projects is a book on Islam in Pakistan as well as a study of South Asia and the wider Muslim world in the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.

Moderated by Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

This event is co-sponsored by the Committee on Study of Religion (Harvard University), the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law & Social Change (Harvard Law School), the Julius-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish & Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Harvard University).