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Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies pres.

CMENAS Colloquium Series. Islamic Law in Movement – Saints, Merchants, and Technocrats: The Diffusion of Malikism in the Islamic West

Camilo Gómez-Rivas, Associate Professor of Mediterranean Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz

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The 2019 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme is "Migration in the Islamicate World."

Why and how did Islamic law spread to areas so far and wide even after the initial centuries of military conquest and success in empire building? What is charismatic about something like law and how does it spread if not through coercion? What kind of culture was at its frontier as it spread in the past. This talk looks at the diffusion of one of the four schools of Islamic Law and how it developed in the Islamic West (Spain, the Maghrib, and West Africa) by focusing on a few illustrative episodes in its diffusion.

About the Speaker:

Camilo Gómez-Rivas is Associate Professor of Mediterranean Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where he teaches in the Literature Department and in the Legal Studies Program. His first book described the development of legal institutions in the first Berber-Islamic empire of Medieval Morocco. His current work is on displacement to the medieval and the early modern Maghrib.

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