CanCode: Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts

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Four-field model

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
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Presentations at DOT, Berlin 2022

CanCode had seven presentations, six of them in two Cancode-panels at the 34. Deutscher Orientalistentag in Berlin, 12.-17.09 2022 at Freie Universität Berlin. Read more about them here.

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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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Interview with Nijmi Edres

Dr. Nijmi Edres is a researcher in the CanCode project from April to December 2022. In this interview you can read more about her work in the CanCode project.

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Conference participation at NSMES 2022

The six members of the CanCode team travelled to Reykjavik to take part in the 12th Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies (NSMES) called “The Middle East in Myth and Reality” University of Iceland, 22-24 September 2022.

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Project Retreat Autumn 2022

Here you can read about the internal project retreat we had autumn 2022, this time together with researchers from our "sister project" in Copenhagen.

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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.