Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

Fiqh and Qahwa (Part 2 of 4)

Mohammad Fadel


Anver Emon

July 2, 2021


Dr. Fadel joins this special edition podcast to discuss his beginnings in academia, and his observations about the field of Middle Eastern studies over time. He is joined by Dr. Emon as the two come together to discuss their approaches to Islamic law and legal studies, where textuality (and debates about it) has been and will likely continue to be central to the field of Islamic Legal studies.

Recorded: June 2021

Mohammad Fadel

Mohammad H. Fadel is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

Anver Emon

Anver Emon is the Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, where he serves as a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the Department of History. Dr. Emon is also the Canada Research Chair in Islamic Law and History, and one of the Principal Investigators in the Reading Muslims Project. Dr. Emon’s extensive research career focuses on premodern and modern Islamic legal history and theory; premodern modes of governance and adjudication; and the role of Shari’a both inside and outside the Muslim world.

One Response

  1. The conversation is very much beneficial. It is great to hear two leading scholars of Islamic law. In particular, young law graduates will get an insight and pathways for pursuing Islamic legal scholarship. However, the sound quality of Professor Fadel caused some distractions. It would be useful if there was a text of the conversation. Thanks for arranging the podcast. Hope to get similar podcasts in future.

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