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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
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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 Mahmood Kooria

Mahmood Kooria is one of the researchers in the CanCode project. In this interview you can read more about how he approaches the concepts of canonisation and codification.

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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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Video Interview with Olav Elgvin

Post doc Olav Elgvin in the CanCode project talks about his research in an interview with Prof. Mohammad Gharaibeh (Humboldt, Berlin)

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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.