My research focuses on Islamic legal history in medieval and early modern North Africa (the Maghrib) and al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia). I am particularly interested in the construction and maintenance of authoritative legal opinions, the relationships between legal and literary genres, and legal opinions (fatwas) regarding Christian-Muslim relations during and after the twelfth-to-fifteenth century Christian "Reconquest" of Iberia and expansion into North Africa. My first book project, Beyond the Reconquest: Islamic Legal Resistance to Christian Rule in Northwest Africa, explores North African and Iberian legal discourses concerning Muslims living under Christian rule.
I have received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for preliminary research toward my next book project, Pilgrimage on the Periphery: Performance and Prohibition of the Hajj in the Medieval Islamic West.
For current publications, please refer to my Academia.edu page.
May be repeated for credit when course content differs.Winter Term 2021
A survey of the main elements of the Muslim tradition and their role in the formation of Islamic culture.Winter Term 2021
This is a pass/fail course.Winter Term 2021