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How does Islamic law Change? Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts

In this 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 (Canonization)
  • Modern, contemporary Scandinavia (Canonization)
  • Pre-modern Zaydi Yemen (Codification)
  • Modern Egypt and Israel (Codification)

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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