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New Texts Out Now: Ahmed El Shamsy, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History

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Ahmed El Shamsy, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ahmed El Shamsy (AES): Legal history is often dry stuff: it is full of theories, concepts, and institutions, and heavy with jargon. When I read a work of history, I want to know what happened. I also want to understand what drove the actors involved and what was at stake. The story of ...

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Ahmed El Shamsy

 

Ahmed El Shamsy is an assistant professor of Islamic thought in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on Islamic law and theology, cultures of orality and literacy, and classical Islamic education. He is particularly interested in the changing ways in which religious authority has been constructed and interpreted in the Muslim tradition. He is the author of The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (Cambridge, 2013). His next project is a study of the reinvention of the Islamic scholarly tradition and its textual canon via the printing press in the early twentieth century.