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 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.
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