[Abstract Internal Seminar] The Anthropology of Islamic Law: Education, Ethics, and Legal Interpretation at Egypt's Al-Azhar by Dr Aria Nakissa
This presentation discusses anthropological scholarship on Islamic ethics and Islamic law. The presentation is divided into three sections. The first section addresses the current state of anthropological scholarship on Islamic ethics and law. It explains how, over the past two decades, such scholarship has been reoriented by the work of Talal Asad and his students. Drawing on Foucault, Asad argues that Islamic law prescribes bodily practices which function to impart Islamically-valued dispositions (akhlaq), thereby producing a kind of ethical transformation.