Islamic Law and the Modern State: Rupture or Continuity?

Two events, which might be of interest to Hadith scholars, will take place at Wolfson College (University of Oxford, UK) this month on 22nd February 2024 about Islamic law.

The first event is a panel discussion at 2.30 pm titled “Islamic Law and the Modern State: Rupture or Continuity?” with Rob Gleave (University of Exeter), Morgan Clarke (University of Oxford), and Dominik Krell (University of Oxford). Later on the same day, Baudouin Dupret (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) will give a talk titled “Is There Such Thing as Islamic Law”. Between the panel discussion and the lecture, all participants will be invited to join us for coffee, tea, cakes, and snacks. You will find the flyers attached. More information can also be found here.

Please register by using this link.

CfP – Compiling a Tradition: History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora

Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce the call for papers for their upcoming two-day conference ‘Compiling a Tradition: The History and Development of the Early Imāmī Hadith Corpora.’

The conference will take place at Al-Mahdi Institute between 12 – 13 February 2024. The proceedings from the conference shall be published in an edited volume with AMI Press.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 November 2023.

Further information is available here: https://ami.is/hadith

Call for Papers | ICMA Conference

The Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University and the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation of Charles Sturt University in collaboration with Comparative Islamic Studies (Equinox Journal) are pleased to host an online conference on Isnād-cum-matn Analysis (ICMA) as a Method in Contemporary Hadith Studies on 27-28 January 2024.

Western academic scholarship on the origin and transmission of hadith and traditional Muslim hadith methodologies of authentication, though studying the same body of literature, often operate in disconnected universes. It is of scholarly importance to academic development and for the continued vibrancy of the hadith tradition, as practiced by Muslim ulema, that dialogue continues between the two. Conferences aiming to do so, such as the one at Pembroke College, Oxford in 2019 on the topic of Modern Hadith Studies between Arabophone and Western scholarship, are a welcome effort, though the field remains siloed.

Since the academic movement is most closely associated with the work of Harold Motzki from the 1990s, there has been a shift beyond the so-called ‘skeptical’ school with respect to hadith using the technique of ICMA. This method analyses the variation of hadith texts according to their paths of transmission, seeking to provide a reliable date for the time at which a hadith was first in common circulation (as witnessed by its corroborated chains). Scholars with a range of theoretical perspectives have used this methodology to analyze and in particular, date hadiths on various topics. The method is commonly used to recover as much as possible of the hadith corpus as a viable historical source for the first two centuries of Islam, even though the canonical compilations date mainly to the third century and later. Though ICMA has received positive reception, especially in the context of the prior prevailing academic skepticism about hadith, critical voices have been raised. Some scholars have argued for the continuation of a more skeptical attitude towards the transmission of hadith, based on the ways that fabricated reports and chains can enter the corpus. Others have suggested that Motzki’s focus on full textual corroboration does not go far enough and other techniques, including those used within the Islamic intellectual tradition, could be legitimately added to date hadiths earlier still. Finally, some scholars defend the integrity of the canonical hadith collections as a whole.

This conference will provide a forum for the assessment of an international group of experts on hadith, from a variety of backgrounds and theoretical perspectives. The intention is to provide a ‘state of the art’ appraisal of ICMA within hadith studies and related academic disciplines, with selected papers published with the blind peer reviewed journal Comparative Islamic Studies.

For more information: https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/centres/cisac/research/icma-conference

Send proposals of up to 300 words to sansari@respectgs.us by 31 August 2023, which will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee. Please include relevant affiliation, a 200 word biography and contact information in a single Word document along with the abstract.

Call for Papers

“Islamic Tradition at the End of Late Antiquity:

New Perspectives on Hadith, History, and Historiography”

The ERC project “The Qurʾan as a Source for Late Antiquity” (QaSLA) has opened its call for papers for the conference Islamic Tradition at the End of Late Antiquity: New Perspectives on Hadith, History, and Historiography, to be held in Tübingen, Germany, from July 8–10, 2024.

The three-day conference aims at attracting contributions to the scholarly discourse on Islamic tradition and the late antique milieu, particularly studies that pursue connections between the hadith literature, Islamicate historiography, and Jewish and Christian traditions from the period of Islam’s emergence.

The conference is oriented towards exploring new connections between Islam and the late antique milieu, while shifting the emphasis to the hadith, broadly defined. Can the hadith prove to be a reliable source for historical inquiry into the 7th century, despite its codification in the 9th century? And, if so, can other genres of hadith convey insights that contradict or confirm the tafsīr tradition? How might different methodological approaches to the hadith and improved analytical techniques shed new light on the Qurʾan and its environment? And how is the hadith, if at all,a witness to the existence of and the specific cultural and religious impact of Jewish, Christian, or other communities in Arabia?

While we are particularly interested in scholarly contributions that engage with the preceding questions, we welcome other avenues of inquiry into the hadith, Islamic late antiquity, and the interaction of Jews, Christians, and (other) Arabian peoples in and around the 7th century CE. By way of example, themes to be addressed include:

1. Methodological approaches to the study of Muslim traditions: hadith, tafsīr, and akhbār

2. Judeo-Christian elements in hadith, such as the isrāʾīliyyāt, and other Islamic literature

3. Interactions between Islamic and other late antique legal and juridical ideas

4. Portrayals of Jews and Christians in Islamic tradition

Travel and accommodation expenses in Tübingen for the duration of the research symposium will be covered by QaSLA.

This call for papers invites Early Career Researchers (PhD candidates and within five years of the award of the PhD). It seeks to promote outstanding research of early career scholars and bring them in conversation with established scholars of Hadith Studies and Late Antiquity as well as historians of early Islam.

Please note that all proposals must include:

  • Author name and affiliation
  • C.V.
  • Paper title
  • 250-word paper abstract (written in English)

Abstract Due: July 31st, 2023

For questions and proposals contact:

Ana Davitashvili: ana.davitashvili@uni-tuebingen.de

Raashid Goyal: raashid.goyal@uni-tuebingen.de

Contact Email: 

ana.davitashvili@uni-tuebingen.de

Third Summer School in Islamicate Digital Humanities for Scholars in Manuscript Studies

The University of Hamburg is hosting a four-day summer course from August 30th to September 10th for graduate students and researchers who work with manuscript materials in Arabic script and want to learn how to choose tools and resources that are available to them and how to apply digital technology in their research. It includes theoretical and/or practical sessions on digital encoding and editing of manuscript texts, data modelling and annotation, advanced search, and visualization.

Date: 30 August – 10 September 2021 (twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays)
Venue: online, hosted by Hamburg Universität, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg
Director of the Course: Alba Fedeli
IT Coordinator: Alicia González Martínez and Cristina Vertan
Deadline for applications: 2 July 2021
Registration free of charge
Number of Participants: a limited number of participants will be selected, up to 15 people

Contact details: Alba Fedeli at alba.fedeli@uni-hamburg.de

As the number of participants is limited to fifteen people for the effectiveness of the practical sessions, students and researchers interested to participate in this summer course must apply by Friday 2 July 2021 by submitting the following details:

  • A one-page CV.
  • A motivation letter (maximum 200 words) explaining their interest in the course and their field of research.
  • A list of their technical skills in order to organize the practical sessions in the more effective way although they are not a requirement for participating in the course. Applicants have to indicate – for example – their knowledge of any software for annotation, searching and/or any type of data handling; data formats; digital editing; programming languages, etc.
  • City from where the participant will attend the summer school, so that we can arrange the time slots in the most convenient way for the majority of the people.

As this year the summer school will be held online, all participants applying MUST make sure that they have a stable and adequate fast internet connection, video camera and microphone, during the duration of the school.

All documents have to be sent as a single PDF-file attachment named as “LastName_Name_Hamburg_DHSchool_2021” to Alba Fedeli at alba.fedeli@uni-hamburg.de and Alicia González Martínez at alicia.gonzalez@uni-hamburg.de

Further details will be uploaded soon on InterSaME website, www.intersame.uni-hamburg.de.

Yasmin Amin at the 5th IDHN conference

Yasmin Amin (Exeter) will be presenting one of her research projects at the 5th IDHN conference on 6th May 2021 at 19:40 CET. Her talk

Waving the Mantle of the Prophet: The Journey of Umm Salama’s Narration of adīth alkisāʾ over Six Centuries

will explore the 131 versions of a ḥadīth across almost 6 centuries to show its various transformations and some of the reasons behind them.

For more information on the talk or how to take part in the conference, check IDHN website and the program for the conference.

Tübingen Hadith Studies Workshop 2020

The Conference will be held online. Contact the organisers if you would like to participate.


Friday, 11th December 2020

International Panel [Organisation: Maroussia Bednarkiewicz]

15:30-16:00 CET | 2:30-3:00 pm GMT | 09:30-10:00 EDT 

Raashid Goyal

The Four Braids of the Ruwāla Bedouin, ca. 1930: Continuation of a Pre-Islamic Hair Ritual?

16:00-16:30 CET | 3:00-3:30 pm GMT | 10:00-10:30 EDT

Arafat A. Razzaque

The Social Context of Eschatology: A Ḥadīth of Anas b. Malik and its Reappropriation of the Apocalypse of Paul

16:40-17:10 CET | 3:40-4:10 pm GMT | 10:40-11:10 EDT

Adrien de Jarmy

Contextualizing Representations of the Prophet in Early Islamic Literature using Digital Tools.

17:10-17:40 CET | 4:10-4:40 pm GMT | 11:10-11:40 EDT

Renaud Soler

Texts, manuscripts, database: the writing and transmission of the sîra (15th-19th century).


Saturday, 12th December 2020

Tübingen Panel [Organisation: Mehmetcan Akpınar]

14:30-15:00 CET | 1:30-2:00 pm GMT | 08:30-09:00 EDT

Mehmetcan Akpınar

Reconstructing 2nd/8th Century Damascene Scholars’ Accounts on the Muslim Conquests of Syria

15:00-15:30 CET | 2:00-2:30 pm GMT | 09:00-09:30 EDT

Alaa Osman

The Role of Muḥammad al-Shaybānī (d. 189/805) in the 2nd/8th Century Disputes between Ahl al-Ḥadīth and Ahl al-Raʾy

15:30-16:00 CET | 2:30-3:00 pm GMT | 09:30-10:00 EDT

Hossam Ouf

Konfessionelle Identität und Hadithüberlieferung: al-Ğāmiʿ aṣ-ṣaḥīḥ von al-Buḫārī (gest. 256/870) und al-Kāfī von al-Kulaynī (gest. 329/940) im Vergleich

16:10-16:40 CET | 3:10-3:40 pm GMT | 10:10-10:40 EDT

Ali Zaherinezhad

A Ḥanafī Approach to Abū Hurayra’s Hadith Corpus in the 4th/10th Century

16:40-17:10 CET | 3:40-4:10 pm GMT | 10:40-11:10 EDT

Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino

Towards a Multidimensional Understanding of Hadith Transmission: A Reading of al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī’s (d. 463/1071) al-Jāmiʿ li-akhlāq al-rāwī

17:10-17:40 CET | 4:10-4:40 pm GMT | 11:10-11:40 EDT

Maroussia Bednarkiewicz

The Digital Turn in Close Textual Analysis: New Methods in Islamic Studies with Examples from the Hadith Literature

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