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Professor Moumtaz and Professor Quadri Book Talk
At this joint book talk, we will put two new and formidable books into conversation: God’s Property: Islam, Charity, and the Modern State (University of California Press, 2021), by Nada Moumtaz, and Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity (University of Oxford Press, 2021), by Junaid Quadri. Each of these works tells a story about the gradual, piece-meal shifts in Muslim discourse and practice brought about by the modern condition. Beginning with the Ottoman Empire, through the 20th century French mandate, and into the post-independence period, God’s Property traces a genealogy of the history of the institution of waqf (Islamic endowment), locating both ruptures and continuities in concepts and practice. Transformations of Tradition explores the 19th and 20th century thought-world of Azhari legal theorist Muhammad Bakhit al-Muti‘i to reveal how modern epistemological assumptions came to permeate the trans-regional networks of Hanafism. What are the convergences and divergences between how each author traces the effects of modernity and secularization? How does each work articulate a particular conception of change in Muslim life and practice, whether the institution of waqf or the Hanafi legal tradition? Join us on December 2nd and be part of this exciting conversation!

Dec 2, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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