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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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".

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Norwegian kick off event

9.-10. of September we held the Norwegian and local part of the kick off events for the CanCode-project. It was planned as a physical event to be held in May, but then postponed. The workshop was also held in the frame of the long-standing seminar on Islamic law in Bergen.

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Project group at Voss, Vestland, Norway

CanCode start-up retreat

The first meeting in the CanCode project, 3.-4. March, 2021.

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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.