CanCode: Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts

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Moske Kairo

How does Islamic law change?

In the CanCode project we will study processes of change in Islamic legal texts by starting with two terms, or concepts: "Canonization" and "Codification". These terms are used in variours ways by scholars in the field of Islamic legal studies, but both terms draw attention to selection and validation, or authorization, of knowledge, norms and legal rules.

We have four empirical foci:

  • Pre-modern and colonial Swahili Coast 
  • Modern, contemporary Scandinavia 
  • Pre-modern Zaydi Yemen 
  • Modern Egypt and Israel
About the project
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About the CanCode project

Here you will find information about the background for the project and its structure

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Mukhtaṣar Workshop Report

Here you can read about the Cancode Mukhtaṣar workshop held in Leiden, 27.-28. Sept. 2023.

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Short workshop report

Here you can read more about the workshop held in Bergen, June 13-14, 2023, with the title "Transmitting Canonized and Codified Legal Knowledge in Islamic Societies: Practices, Genres, and Institutions"

Nurul Huda Razif

Four researchers receive Marie Curie grant

The University of Bergen has been awarded four EU-funded mobility grants through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). One grant goes to The Faculty of Humanities, and three will go to The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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Report from the CanCode Workshop, June, 2022

In June 2022 the CanCode project hosted the workshop called "Canon or Code? Standardising and Transmitting Islamic Law". Below, you can read more about the workshop and how it is planned to be followed up in 2023.

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The project is a so-called TMS starting grant co-financed by Trond Mohn Foundation and the University of Bergen and will last from August 2020-2024. The project is a cooperation project between the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, at the Faculty of Humanities.

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