Jocelyn Hendrickson, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept



A dual Canadian-American citizen, I earned two BA's from the University of Washington (Seattle) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and in International Studies: Comparative Religion (with a minor in Anthropology). I spent a full year during my undergraduate degree studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, through the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. After graduation, I returned to Cairo as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellow for another year of Arabic. An interest in religion and conflict took me to the University of Ulster for an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.

I began to study Islamic Law during my doctoral program in Religion at Emory University. During the course of my graduate training and fieldwork, I spent one more semester in Cairo as a Center for Arabic Study Abroad II fellow, but my primary research site shifted to Morocco, where I spend two and a half years supported by fellowships from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and the Social Science Research Council. I have returned to the region periodically since then, including as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2017.

From January to June 2024, I am a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.


My research focuses on Islamic legal history in medieval and early modern North Africa (the Maghrib) and al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia) as well as colonial Mauritania.

My first monograph, Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa, was published in November 2021 by the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and distributed by Harvard University Press. Leaving Iberia is the winner of the Middle East Medievalists 2023 MEM Book Prize, the Canadian Law and Society Association's 2022 W. Wesley Pue Prize and the Canadian Association of Hispanists' 2022 Best Book Prize. Leaving Iberia was also the Honorable Mention for the American Society for Legal History's 2022 Peter Gonville Stein Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association's 2022 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize.


HIST 403 - Topics in Medieval European History

Prerequisite: 3 units in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

HIST 606 - Comprehensive Topic Course

Historiographical course focused on one of the department's designated graduate fields of study. May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HIST 614 - Topics in the History of Medieval and Early Modern Europe

RELIG 222 - History of Islam

A study of the emergence and development of Islamic religious traditions in historical perspective. Prerequisite: One course in RELIG or consent of the instructor. Not open to students with credit in RELIG 220.

RELIG 422 - Advanced Studies in Islam

Prerequisite: RELIG 220, RELIG 222, or 3 units in RELIG at the 300-level, or consent of instructor. May be repeated if course content varies.

RELIG 520 - Specialized Studies in Islam

An in-depth study of the problems of Islamic Studies.

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Jocelyn Hendrickson

Al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists . 2023 October; 31