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

CanCode News

Call for Papers: Islamic Codification beyond the Modern State

In this page you can read more about the call for papers and the related CanCode workshop in Edinburgh, September 10-11, 2024.

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Jurists and judges workshop report

Here you can read about the Cancode workshop held at NIMAR institute, Rabate, Oct. 4.-5. 2023. The main theme was exploring, understanding and nuancing the agency of judges and jurists in the age of codification in production and use of new textual Islamic normativities, canons and codes.

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Mukhtaṣar Workshop Report

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

CanCode News

Workshop on Zaydi law and governance

Here you can read about the a workshop on Zaydi law and governance held in Leiden, Aug. 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.