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.
Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.Fall Term 2020
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
Prerequisite: one course in Islam or consent of Program Coordinator.Fall Term 2020
An in-depth study of the problems of Islamic Studies.Fall Term 2020
This is a pass/fail course.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021