Notes on Contributors

in Locating the Sharīʿa
Notes on Contributors

Khaled Abou El Fadl

is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. He is the author of Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women (Oneworld Press, 2001); Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001); The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005), among others.

Asma Afsaruddin

is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She is the author and editor of seven books, including Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2015); and Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2013) which won the World Book Award in Islamic Studies from the Iranian government (2015) and is being translated into Bahasa Indonesian. Among others, her research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Ahmad Atif Ahmad

is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). He also serves on UCSB’s ‘Council on Faculty Issues and Awards’ and the UC-System wide Academic Advisory Committee. He previously served as associate director of the University of California Center in Washington, and Sultan Qaboos Chair of Mideast Studies at the College of William and Mary. The author of five books including, Islamic Law: Cases, Authorities, and Worldview (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), The Fatigue of the Sharīʿa (NYC: Palgrave, 2012), and Structural Interrelations of Theory and Practice in Islamic Law (Leiden: Brill, 2006), Ahmad teaches courses on Islamic legal reasoning in medieval Islam and early modern Egypt.

Sarah Albrecht

PhD, is a lecturer and research associate at Freie Universität Berlin. She is the author of Dār al-Islām Revisited. Territoriality in Contemporary Islamic Legal Discourse on Muslims in the West (Brill 2018) and Islamisches Minderheitenrecht: Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwīs Konzept des fiqh al-aqallīyāt (Ergon 2010) and the co-editor of Conceptualising Muslim Diaspora (Special Issue of the Journal of Muslims in Europe 2016).

Ovamir Anjum

is the Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at The University of Toledo in Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, and affiliated faculty in History. His work focuses on the nexus of theology, ethics, politics, and law in classical and medieval Islam, with comparative interest in Western thought. Besides his monograph, “Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment” (Cambridge University Press, 2012), he has authored numerous articles and speaks internationally, and is the editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. His forthcoming works include a monograph on violence and rebellion in Islamic political thought, a general survey of Islamic history, and a translation of Ibn al-Qayyim’s Madārij al-Sālikīn (Ranks of Divine Seekers).

Dale J. Correa

PhD, is Middle Eastern Studies Librarian and History Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Correa specializes in Islamic legal theory, theology, and philosophy, with a particular interest in the intellectual tradition of the eastern regions of the Islamicate empire (namely, Transoxania, which is today in Uzbekistan/Tajikistan). Her current project examines the development and flourishing of the Transoxanian approach to testimony, or communication—that is, the transmission of knowledge of a past event by agents over time and space. Dr. Correa currently serves as Vice President/President-Elect of the Middle East Librarians Association.

Robert Gleave

is Professor Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. He is principal investigator of the European Research Council advanced award “Law, Learning and Authority in Imami Shi’ite Islam” in which Shī’ī legal thought it set within the wider context Islamic legal development. He is author of Inevitable Doubt: Two Shīʿī Theories of Jurisprudence (Brill, 2001), Scripturalist Islam: The Thought and Doctrines of the Akhbari School of Imāmī Shiʿism (Brill, 2007) and Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Sohail Hanif

is a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Cambridge Muslim College where he also manages the BA program in Islamic Studies. He works on Islamic legal theory with a focus on the Ḥanafī school of law. He received an MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford with a doctoral thesis entitled “A Theory of Early Classical Ḥanafism: Authority, Rationality and Tradition in the Hidāyah of Burhān al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (d. 593/1197).” His publications include “A Tale of Two Kufans: Abū Yūsuf’s Ikhtilāf Abī Ḥanīfa wa-Ibn Abī Laylā and Schacht’s Ancient Schools,” Islamic Law & Society, 25 (2018): 173–211.

Marion Katz

is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. She received a BA from Yale and a PhD from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Franklin and Marshall and Mount Holyoke College. Her research revolves around issues of Islamic law, gender, and ritual. Her publications include Body of Text: The Emergence of the Sunni Law of Ritual Purity (SUNY Press, 2002), The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Routledge, 2007), Prayer in Islamic Thought and Practice (Cambridge, 2013) and Women in the Mosque (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Rami Koujah

is a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies department. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School, MSt in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, and graduated as a Departmental Scholar in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes

is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, specializing in comparative Islamic and U.S. Constitutional law. She is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. She is currently working on a book project, presenting a non-theocratic and non-secular model of Islamic constitutionalism for today’s Muslim-majority countries.

Salman Younas

is a PhD candidate at Oxford University. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he studied spent an extensive period studying Arabic and the traditional Islamic sciences. In 2013, completed his MA in Oriental Studies at Oxford University with honors. Currently, he is a final-year doctoral student at the University of Oxford investigating the evolution of Islamic law in the late formative period with a specific focus on the Hanafi school.

David H. Warren

is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on the role of the ʿulamāʾ as actors and theorists during the Arab Spring and its aftermath. His current book project is titled, For the Good of the Nation: The Contest Over the Egyptian Revolution Among the Sunni ʿUlamāʾ and his recent publications include “Cleansing the Nation of the ‘Dogs of Hell’: ʿAli Jumʿa’s Nationalist Legal Reasoning in Support of the 2013 Egyptian Coup and its Bloody Aftermath,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 49:3 (2017): 457–77.

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