March 21 – Sharia Scripts: A Historical Anthropology

Sharia Scripts: A Historical Anthropology – Prof. Brinkley Messick (Columbia University) in conversation with Prof. Mandana Limbert (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

“A case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, Sharīʿa Scripts is a work of historical anthropology focused on Yemen in the early twentieth century. Brinkley Messick uses the richly varied writings of the Yemeni past to offer a uniquely comprehensive view of the sharīʿa as a localized and lived phenomenon.”

6:30 PM, Room 9205, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Brinkley Messick is professor of anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies as well as the director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He is the author of The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society (1993) and a coeditor of Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and Their Fatwas (1996).

Mandana E. Limbert received her PhD in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 2002 and joined the Queens College (CUNY) faculty the same year. She became a member of the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. She is the author of In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town (2010).

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: Thursday, March 21st – 6:30 PM – Book Salon: Sharia Scripts: A Historical Anthropology