Shari'a Workshop

Sponsored by The Middle East Institute at Columbia

Thursday, October 27

4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

208 Knox Hall

Columbia University

You are cordially invited to attend this workshop. Our workshops regularly feature leading scholars in Islamic Law from across periods and regions for a detailed discussion of their current research. The topic for the October 27th Workshop will be the paper: "Justice and Islamic Law: The 'Ulama', Mazalim Courts and Legal Reform in Islamic History" featuring two esteemed presenters:

(1) Dr. Guy Burak is the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Librarian at NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. He is the author of The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has written several articles on Ottoman Islamic law and is currently working on a monograph on the history of Kanun/Qanun in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman Middle East.

(2) Dr. Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He has widely published on Hadith, Islamic Law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory, and Pre-Islamic poetry. His most recent book Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (Oneworld, 2014) was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by The Independent. Dr. Brown serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, and his current research includes Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

Please RSVP to Astrid Benedek, Associate Director of The Middle East Institute, at to receive a full invitation and a copy of the invitation.