CanCode: Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts

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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
Videos of Webinar
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Videos of kick-off roundtable webinar and comments

We invited leading scholars in the field of Islamic legal studies for a roundtable webinar to debate the use and usefulness of the concepts of canonization and codification in Islamic legal studies, 27th of May, 2021. Below are the videos of the two panels and comments

video interviews
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Kick-off event: The Use and Usefulness of Concepts: Video Interviews

For the kick-of event(s) in May 2021 for the CanCode project we have interviewed leading scholars in the field of Islamic legal studies on their views and experiences with the concepts of "canonization" and "codification".

CanCode news

Canon or Code? Standardising and Transmitting Islamic Law

On this page we will inform new and old cooperation partners about how we envision our next major workshop in the Cancode-project, to take place in Bergen, 16.-18. June 2022. Call for papers has deadline 10th Jan. 2022.

CanCode News
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Interview with Monika Lindbekk

In this interview with Monika Lindbekk you can read more about her research on Egyptian family law courts and the production of new informal canons and codes.

CanCode News
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Interview with Dominik Krell

Dominik Krell was a guest researcher at the CanCode project in November 2021. Before he left Bergen we decided to make an interview based on some of the many conversations we had during his stay.

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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.