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

About the CanCode project

Here you will find information about the background for the project and its structure


Various research institutions in Bergen have long had a large and vibrant milieu for research activities on the Middle Easter and Islam. Islamic law has been one of the central themes of research at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (old pages), formerly lead by Professor Knut S. Vikør. The centre is now a research group led by Professor Anne K. Bang, under Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR). 

From 2016 to 2018 Knut Vikør and Eirik Hovden in Bergen were part of the HERA project "Uses of the Past: Understanding Shari'a - Custom, Gender, State and Violence", led by Professor Robert Gleave in Exeter. This led to renewed research activity on Islamic law at the Faculty of Humanities in Bergen and many new international contacts.

The CanCode project is in many ways a follow-up of the HERA project in the way it seeks to understand Islamic law in frames of local context.


The project is situated at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergen, Norway. It is a cooperation project between two departments: Department of Foreign Languages (IF), which includes Arabic and seven other languages, and Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR). Both departments have contributed with co-funding and one PhD scholarship from each. 

Setup and structure

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