Rumee Ahmed

  • Law and Legal Theory
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Theology
  • Scriptural Reasoning

Sharia Compliant: A User's Guide to Hacking Islamic Law (Stanford: Stanford University Press)

al-Maturidi: Reasoning Beyond Reason (Cambridge, UK: Islamic Texts Society)

co-edited with Anver Emon, The Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, publishing on a rolling basis)

"Personhood in Islamic Law" in Antonia Lolardo (ed.) Oxford Philosophical Concepts: The Person (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

"War and Peace in the Qur'an" in M. Dakake and D. Madigan (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Qur'an (New York: Routledge).

Peer Reviewed

(2017) co-edited with Idris Nassery and Muna Tatari, The Promises and Challenges of the Maqasid al-Shari'a (Lanham: Lexington Books).

(2017) "Which Comes First, the Maqasid or the Shari'a?" in R. Ahmed, I. Nassery, and M. Tatari (eds.) The Objectives of Islamic Law: The Promises and Challenges of the Maqasid al-Shari'a (Lanham: Lexington Books).

(2016) "Islamic Law Unburdened: The Early Hanafi Vision of Islamic Law as a Social Contract" in Abbas Poya (ed.) Islam, Justice, and Law (Berlin: DeGruyter).

(2016) "Principles of Law" in Andrew Ripping (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

(2016) "Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy in Medieval Islam" in Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy eds. Richard C. Taylor and Luis X. López-Farjeat (New York: Routledge) pp. 57-66.

(2016) with Aryeh Cohen, "Assuming Power: Judges, Imagined Authority, and the Quotidian" in Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering Our Spiritual Other (Oxford: Oneworld) pp. 3-24.

(2015) "Islamic Systematics: The Art and Science of Islamic Legal Reform" Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph, vol. 66.

(2015) "Islamic Law and Theology" in A. Emon and R. Ahmed (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press) and (Oxford Handbooks Online)

(2014) "Inclusive Communities, Exclusive Theologies: Measuring the Risks of Interfaith Dialogue" Modern Theology, 30(1), 140-145.

(2013) "Scriptural Reasoning and the Anglican-Muslim Encounter" Journal of Anglican Studies, 11(3), 166-178.

(2012) Narratives of Islamic legal theory. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press) 220pp.

(2011) “The Lash is mightier than the sword: Torture and citizenry in medieval Islamic thought” Journal of Religious Ethics, 39(4), 606-612.

(2011) “The ethics of prophetic disobedience: Qur’ān 8:67 at the crossroads of the Islamic sciences” Journal of Religious Ethics, 39(3), 440-457.

(2010) “Sacred bodies: Considering resistance to oncofertility in Muslim thought” in Oncofertility: Reflections from the humanities and social sciences. New York, New York: Springer Press, 279-286.

(2009) “Rescuing the wretched: Between universalist and particular readings of Qur’ān 4:75″ Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 8(1). 

Non-Peer Reviewed (selected)

(2016) “Suicide" in Richard C. Martin (ed.) Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Farmington Hills, MI) pp. 2:1107-8.

(2016) "[Review] Islam and Literalism by Robert Gleave" Journal of the American Oriental Society, 136(2), pp. 458-60.
(2015) "[Review] Maṣlaḥa and the Purpose of the Law: Islamic Discourse on Legal Change from the 4th/10th Century by Felicitas Opwis" Islamic Law and Society 22(3), pp. 297-300.
(2015) "[Review] Fatigue of the Shari'ah by Ahmad Atif Ahmad" Contemporary Islam, 9(2), pp. 215-7.
(2013) "Islamic Law and the Boundaries of Social Responsibility" Tikkun, 28(1), pp. 23-5.

(2016) Islamic Law's Debt to Kalam: A Case Study of the Hanafi School, University of Paderborn.

(2016) The Qur'an: Past, Present, and Future, Stanford University.

(2015) Shari'a 2.0: Islamic Systematics and the Science of Islamic Legal Reform, Georgetown University.

(2014) Everyday Oppressions: Ritual, Gender, and Islamic Legal Reform, Pennsylvania State University.

(2014) Islamic Legal Reform: A View from Within, Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies.

(2014) Toward a Theory for Reading Medieval Qur'an Commentaries, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics Annual Meeting.

(2013) The Feminine Threat: Pre-Modern Islamic Law, Modern Identities, and the Idealized Female Body, University of Western Sydney.

(2013) The Mu'tazili in al-Jassas: Authority, Theology, and Legal Change After the Mihna, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

(2013) Finding Ethics in Islamic Law, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

(2012) A Passport to Morality: The Role of State Boundaries in Islamic Legal Reasoning, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.


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