The Place of Ethics in Islamic Law

The Harvard Law and Religion Lecture Series presents a talk by Professor Ahmed El Shamsy on “The Place of Ethics in Islamic Law. El Shamsy is Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on the evolution of the classical Islamic disciplines and scholarly culture within their broader historical context. His research addresses themes such as orality and literacy, the history of the book, and the theory and practice of Islamic law. His first book,The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History, traces the transformation of Islamic law from a primarily oral tradition to a systematic written discipline in the eighth and ninth centuries. He is now at work on his second book, a study of the reinvention of the Islamic scholarly tradition and its textual canon via the printing press in the early twentieth century.

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), Julius-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish & Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Harvard University).