V International Conference
on Islamic Legal Studies
“Lawful and Unlawful Violence
in Islamic Law and History”

September 8-10, 2006
Islamic Legal Studies Program
Harvard Law School

Friday, September 8, 2006

Tsai Auditorium, Center for Government and International Studies, 1730 Cambridge St.

9:00 Welcome by Frank E. Vogel, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Adjunct Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

Panel I: Conceptualizations of Violence

9:20 - 9:35 Eugenia Kermeli (Bilkent University)
Sa‘i bi’l fesad and Rebels in a Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Court
9:35 - 9:50 Sadiq Reza (New York Law School)
Torture and Confessions in Islamic Law and Practice
9:50 - 10:05 Ella Landau-Tasseron (Hebrew University)
The Non-Combatant in Islamic Law
10:05 - 10:20 Intisar Rabb (Yale Law School/Princeton University)
Legal Maxims and Hudud Jurisprudence: The Limits of Fixed Criminal Sanctions?
11:00 - 12:30 Q & A and Discussion

Panel II: Criminal Punishments: Hudud, Ta‘zir, and Qisas

2:30 - 2:45 Gideon Libson (Hebrew University)
Punishment and Legal Violence in Islamic Law: Points of Contact with Jewish Law
2:45 - 3:00 Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid)
Idra’u l-hudud bi-l-shubuhat: When Lawful Violence Meets Doubt
3:00 - 3:15 Christian Lange (Harvard University)
The Pillory (tashhir) in Islamic Legal Theory and Practice: New Perspectives on ta‘zir
3:15 - 3:40 Q & A
4:15 - 4:30 Asma Afsaruddin (University of Notre Dame)
Stoning for Adultery: Violent Contravention of Qur’anic Norms and Juridical Dissent
4:30 - 4:45 Megan Reid (University of Southern California)
Religious Deviance and Violent Justice in Islamic Law, 1300—1500 CE
4:45 - 5:00 Ron Shaham (Hebrew University)
Violence, Retribution, and Expert Witnesses in Islamic Law
5:00 - 6:30 Q & A and Discussion

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Austin Hall West, Harvard Law School,
1515 Massachusetts Ave.

Panel III: State-sanctioned Violence

9:30 - 9:45 Rob Gleave (University of Exeter)
Justified Violence by Illegitimate Governments in Early and Classical Imami Shi‘i Jurisprudence
9:45 - 10:00 Ahmed El Shamsy (Harvard University)
Necessary Violence: Killing Civilians in Traditional and Jihadi Legal Theory
10:00 - 10:15 Sükrü Özen (Centre for Islamic Studies, Istanbul)
Can a Ruler Slay One-Third of His Subjects? The Expansion of Shari‘a Penalties in the Classical Ottoman Criminal Law
11:00 - 12:30 Q & A and Discussion

Panel IV: Violence and Family Law

2:30 - 2:45 Jessica Carlisle (SOAS, University of London)
“Asbab li-l darb ktiir baseeta”: The Legality of Claims of Violence during Judicial Divorce Cases in Damascus
2:45 - 3:00 Delfina Serrano Ruano (CSIC, Madrid)
Rape in Maliki Legal Doctrine and Practice, 8th—15th Centuries CE
3:00 - 3:15 Lynn Welchman (SOAS, University of London)
Honour and Violence in Contemporary Discourse
3:15 - 3:30 Aakash Prasad (National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad)
Women, Islam, and Regressive ADR in the Indian Subcontinent: A Case Study of Dar al-Ulum in India and the Jirga in Pakistan
4:00 - 5:15 Q & A and Discussion

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Austin Hall West, Harvard Law School,
1515 Massachusetts Ave.

9:15 - 10:15 ISILS Business Meeting
Austin Hall East
ISILS members only

Panel V: Radical Jihadist Legal Theory

10:15 - 10:30 Christian Buck (German Ministry of the Interior)
Al-Qaida’s Legal Discourse: The Example of ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Anzi
10:30 - 10:45 Yasir Kazi (Yale University)
Mecca Under Siege: The Juhayman Crisis of 1979
10:45 - 11:00 Ruud Peters (University of Amsterdam)
Legitimized Terror: The Construction of a Radical Islam in Diaspora
11:00 - 11:45 Q & A
2:00 - 2:15 Martin Riexinger (University of Göttingen)
From Law to Ideology, or Fiqh Meets Stalin: Mawdudi’s Justification for Jihad as Warfare and the Execution of Apostates
2:15 - 2:30 Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard University)
Lawful and Unlawful Violence in Conflict: The Deployment of Fiqh in the Iraqi Insurgency
2:30 - 4:15 Q & A and General Discussion
4:15 - 4:30 Concluding Remarks by Baber Johansen, Professor of Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School; Acting Director of ILSP and Affiliated Professor, Harvard Law School