Introduction

Dec. 7: Islamic Law and the Qajar Society

Dec. 7: Islamic Law and the Qajar Society

Lecture

Islamic Law and the Qajar Society

Iranian Studies Initiative @NYU

Speaker

Nobuaki Kondo, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

When

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where

Richard Ettinghausen Library
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
50 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

The studies on Qajar Iran did not pay much attention to Islamic law. The Western-inspired Qajar intellectuals sought to establish modern secular law (qanun), but rarely discussed shari‘a. However, the Iranian civil law of 1928–36, which included many elements from Islamic law, indicates that the law provided a basic infrastructure for society. Based on the shari‘a court records and documents from Qajar Iran, Kondo will argue the practical aspects of shari’a in Qajar society. He will also explain how the Qajar Shari’a courts were different from their Ottoman counterparts, which have been well-studied and well-documented.