Youcef Soufi

•    Islam
•    Islamic Law
•    Islamic Legal Theory (Uṣūl al-fiqh)
•    Medieval Juristic Disputations

 

 

“The Historiography of Uṣūl al-Fiqh,” in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, eds. Anver Emon and Rumee Ahmed (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (Forthcoming).

 

I have two current research projects which will culminate in journal articles. The first relates to the origins of Shāfi‘ī legal theory. In particular, I am interested in tracing how the early school of the 10th and 11th Centuries CE negotiated the conflicting doctrines of Ibn Surayj’s (d.918CE) circle of Baghdad jurists with those of the theologian al-Ash‘arī (d.936CE) and his student al-Bāqillānī (d.1013CE).

My second project examines a shift in Medieval discussions in the Ḥanafī school of law concerning the purpose of war. I am interested in later Ḥanafī texts’ (circa 12th century) claim that war is meant to “repel evil.” The novelty of this claim is its abandonment of the association of war with expansionary political goals. I am particularly interested in how this claim led Ḥanafī thinkers to change the conceptual meaning of the term jihad, usually understood in the legal texts as war (qitāl), to include the active pursuit of peace.

 

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Education:

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Religious Studies (Defence Dec. 2016)
MA University of Victoria, Political Science (2009)
BA (Double Honours) University of Manitoba, History and Political Studies (2007)

Courses Currently Taught

Winter 2017

RELG208 Modern Islam Sections

The history and culture, values, and socio-political movements of the Islamic world from 1500 to the modern day; the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in modern Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

Winter 2017

RELG203 Scriptures of the Near East Sections

An introduction to the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Winter 2017

RELG448 Seminar in the History of the Religion of Islam Sections

A topic relevant to the study of Islam as a religion: e.g., the text and doctrines of the Qur'an; the Hadith (or Traditions) of the Prophet; Islamic Law; mysticism in Islam; the Shi'ah and the Isma'ilis. Not offered every year. Consult the departmental brochure for the topic to be offered.

Winter 2017

RELG207 Classical Islam Sections

The history and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500; the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.