USPPIP publications to be Gold Open Access: At the end of the project, most of the publications associated with its activities are to be made available for free (open access), including Erik Hovden’s monograph Waqf in Zaydi Yemen (Brill,  2018), Nijmi Edres and Irene Schneider’s collection of papers, Uses of the Past: Sharia and Gender in Legal Theory and Practice (Harrasowitz, 2018)  and Mahmoud Kooria’s special issue of the journal Itinerario (Cambridge University Press) on “The Indian Ocean of Law: Hybridity and Space”


Mahmood Kooria, USPPIP research fellow in Leiden, contributed to and co-organised the the workshop: “Religious Encounters in South India: Abrahamic and Indic Traditions from Early Medieval to Early Modern” at Ashoka University, Sonipat, India.


USPPIP research fellows and their new posts: All the USPPIP research fellows have begun new jobs in institutions following their time with the project:  Omar Anchassi, Exeter USPPIP fellow, is now Early Career Fellow in Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh; Nijmi Edres, Gottingen USPPIP fellow is Research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig; Eirik Hovden, Bergen USPPIP fellow is now Lecturer in Arabic, Bergen University; Mahmoud Kooria, Leiden USPPIP fellow is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Ashoka University, India; Sejad Mekic, the visiting Exeter USPPIP research fellow, has been selected as the Imam of Cambridge Central Mosque.  We wish them all the best in their future academic and community work!

27 - 29 aUGUST 2019

Mahmood Kooria convened the conference Customizing the Sharia: Matrilineal Muslims and Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean Littoral at Ashoka University, Sonipat, India. For the programme and further details, see here.

30 APRIL 2019

The USPPIP visiting research fellows in Exeter have come to the end of their time: Sejad Mekic, visiting research fellow has been working on marriage and divorce in contemporary Islamic law, and Nijmi Edres – formerly the Gottingen USPPIP fellow has been extending her research on marriage and Islamic law in Palestine and Israel.  During their time in Exeter they have not only completed research projects, but also given lectures and seminars as part of the Centre for the Study of Islam.

28 March 2019

Rob Gleave ave a lecture at the University of Notre Dame “Safe Passage and the Jihad: The amān contract in the Medieval Islamic Law and Practice”.

30 november 2018

Knut Vikor and Eirik Hovden host an international workshop on ‘Uses of the Past in Pre-modern Codification and Canonization of Islamic Law’ at the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies (SMI), University of Bergen, Norway.

11 - 17 November 2018

Mahmood Kooria hosted the USPPIP Autumn School in Leiden which invited advanced doctoral students and early career researchers in the area of Islamic Legal Studies to participate in various activities.

16 - 20 July 2018

Omar Anchassi, Nijmi Edres and Knut Vikor all participated and gave papers at the World Congress of Middle East Studies held in Seville, Spain.

8 - 14 July 2018

Rob Gleave and Omar Anchassi hosted the USPPIP Summer School in Exeter which invited advanced doctoral students and early career reserachers in the are of Islamic Legal Studies to participate in various activities.

8 June 2018

Knut Vikor presented at the IX Legal Studies Conference, convened by the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) and held under the auspices of the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere, Finland. His paper was titled “Imamate and Sultanate in Twentieth-Century Ibāḍī  Thought.

7 june 2018

Irene Schneider presented at the IX Legal Studies Conference convened by the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies in Tampere, Finland. Her paper was titled “Divorce Gaza style: the taʿmīm of 2016″.

7 June 2018

Knut Vikor chaired  a panel at the IX Legal Studies Conference. The conference was divided into two parts. The second part, which took place in Tampere, Finland over two and a half days, consisted of twenty diverse presentations divided among five panels. Knut Vikor chaired Panel II: “The Court and Islamic Law”.

6 June 2018

Rob Gleave presented at the IX Legal Studies Conference, convened by the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) and held under the auspices of the Universities of Helsinki and Tempere, Finland. The theme of his paper was “Islamic Law and the Relationship between Ruler and Ruled”.

20 October 2017

Eirik Hovden presented at the Nordic Seminar on Islamic Legal Studies, Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Bergen. His paper was titled  “The Zaydī imamate between classical Zaydism and neo-traditionist positions. Reception and reuse in matters of succession/the electorate, views on sharīʿa/siyāsa, and the Shīʿī aspect”.

19-20 October 2017

Knut Vikor hosted and participated at the Nordic Seminar on Islamic Legal Studies,  (Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Bergen).  His paper was entitled “Political leadership among the North African Ibadis”.

12-14 October 2017

Nijmi Edres contributed to the organization and participated in the USPPIP Conference “Gender and Shari’a in Muslim Legal Theory and Practice” in Göttingen. Her paper was titled “The conceptualization of the “interest of the child” through the use of the classical concept of “haqq Allah” by Israeli Muslim judges”.

18-22 September 2017

Nijmi Edres participated in the XXXIII Deutsche Orientalistentag (DOT) “Asia, Africa and Europe” in Jena. Her paper was titled “Palestinian Muslims in Israel: the Debate on Gender, Normative Sexuality and Religious Morality”.

18 September 2017

Knut Vikor presented at the workshop “Islamicate Networks in the Early Modern Muslim World: Global and Regional Impact”, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford. His paper was titled “From Student to Organizer: the Creation of the Sanusiya Order”

5 september 2017

Knut Vikor presented at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Bergen Seminar. His paper was entitled “Sufi States and Sultanates”.

7 July 2017

Omar Anchassi presented at the BRISMES conference in Edinburgh.  His paper was titled ‘Ghāyat al-Amānī fi al-Istimtā’ bi al-Jawārī: Or, Slave-Concubinage and Sexual Pleasure in Islamic Law: Looking (Naẓar), Touching (Mass) and Sexual Intercourse (Waṭ’) in Islamic Law, from the Formative Period to ISIS.

1 July 2017

Knut Vikor presented at the workshop “Morocco’s Image Then and Now” (Third Scandinavian-Moroccan workshop, Lund Centre for Middle Eastern Studies) in Marrakech. His paper was titled “Ibadis in Maghreb: Ibadi views on the Muslim umma”.

22 June 2017

Omar Anchassi organised a workshop at the University of Exeter on Sex and Sexuality in Islamic Law, at which he also presented a paper, titled ‘al-Khaḍkhaḍa fī Jald `Umayra: Or, Towards a History of Onanism in Islamic Legal Thought’.

Nijmi Edres took part in the workshop Islamic Law and Sex/uality€ organized by the University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and sponsored by the USPPIP project. The title of her paper was Palestinians in Israel and the (un)debated relation between religious normativity and sexuality.

4 May 2017

Omar Anchassi was invited to chair a panel at the BRAIS-sponsored workshop ‘Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? and the future of Islamic Studies.’

Nijmi Edres held a seminar at Bologna University at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. The subject of the seminar was Shari†Courts in Israel between past and present€.

27 April 2017

Rob Gleave participated in a panel at the University of Oxford titled Religious Violence: Medieval and Modern.  His paper was titled Violence Taboos in Muslim Jurisprudence€.

11-13 April 2017

Omar Anchassi was involved in organising the annual BRAIS conference, at which he presented a paper (on slave-concubinage in Islamic law), and at which he chaired a panel, titled ‘Hadith: Textual Intersections and Reconfigurations’.

5-7 April 2017

Rob Gleave participated in the symposium Violence and Millenarian Movements at the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements in Bedford.  His paper was titled: Islam, Messianism and Justified Violence. How Law and the End Times intersect in Muslim thought.

1-2 April 2017

Rob Gleave participated in the L’extremisme religieux en Europe : causes, consequences, perspectives organised by Mouminoun Without Borders and the Institute for Research and Higher Studies of Granada. His paper was titled Islamic Extremism and Counter-Terrorism: Some recent cases in English Law”

2-4 February 2017

Nijmi Edres participated in the VII Congress of the Italian Society of Women Historians Gender and History: new Research Perspectives€ in Pisa. Her paper was titled Minority Groups in Modern Israel: The debate on gender and sexuality€.

18 November 2016

Nijmi Edres took part in the conference Authority in Contemporary Muslim Countries€, organized by Milan University, Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies. Her paper was titled Making place for Muslim authority in contemporary times: the case of Sharia Courts in Israel€.

28-29 October 2016

Nijmi Edres attended the workshop Legal Pluralism in Personal Status Law: Comparative and Historical Perspectives€ organized by Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

27-28 October 2016

Rob Gleave participated in the conference The Problem of Evil: A Challenge to Shi’i€ Theology and Philosophy in Islam” held at the Officina di Studi Medievali in Palermo.  His paper was titled: “Fighting Evil Powers through Jurisprudence: Fiqh responses to magical practices.”€

6-7 October 2016

Nijmi Edres attended the conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”€ at the University of Münster.

5 October 2016

Nijmi Edres attended the conference “Too queer to believe? Religion, Social Activism and LGBTQ Rights”€, which the Heinrich Böll Foundation held in Berlin in conjunction with the Turkish NGO Kaos GL.

4 October 2016

Rob Gleave took part in “The Great Debate: Does Islam Need Reforming?” organized by the Muslim Debate Initiative, at an event held at Conway Hall, Holborn, London.  Details here.