14 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 All day Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT



Iza Hussin (University of Cambridge)

Julia Stephens (Rutgers University)

Fahad Bishara (University of Virginia)



Shari’a in Motion aims to bring together a diverse group of scholars working on varied aspects of Islam, law and authority, for discussions on method, mobility and meaning in the study of shari’a. Taking the broadest possible approach to 'shari’a,' we seek to explore how seeing shari’a as always in motion – in time, in space, through text, language and the operations of meaning – allows new perspectives and methods to emerge for the study of Islam and Muslim societies. 

The first Shari’a in Motion workshop was held at Yale in Spring 2016, with support from the InterAsia Initiative and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. This second workshop builds upon those conversations, and will be hosted by the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Pembroke College, and the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard and Cambridge.

Participants will present works in progress or discussion papers on particular documents, problems or methods they been engaging in their research; rather than asking for formal papers, the workshop will engage archives and materials collaboratively. In this way, we hope to make explicit the methods, problems and opportunities scholars face in their work, and seek multi-disciplinary and comparative solutions to challenges posed by archival, ethnographic and textual research. 




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Pembroke College, and the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard and Cambridge.


Administrative assistance: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk


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