Islam and Regimes of Evidence

April 28-30, 2016

How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology to science and historiography.

Keynote lecture by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at University of California Davis:
"The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt"
April 28, 4:30pm at the Franke Institute  | MAP
Keynote lecture by Khaled Fahmy, Professor of History, The American University in Cairo and Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History at Harvard University:
"Medical evidence in nineteenth-century Egyptian courts"
April 29 at 4:30pm: Classics 110 | MAP

Thursday: venue is the Franke Institute  MAP
4:30pm: Keynote lecture by Omnia El Shakry: "The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt"
Friday : venue is Classics 110  MAP
10am-12pm, Panel 1: The Evidence of Science 
  • Daniel Stolz (Northwestern University): "Eyes, Fingers, and the corruption of tables: Uncertainties of astronomy among nineteenth-century 'ulama'"
  • Satyel Larson (Princeton University): "The Gender Politics of Facts and Evidence. Islamic Law, French Gynecology and Women’s Medical Expertise in Colonial Morocco"
  • Elham Mireshghi (University of California, Irvine): "Of Fatwas and Citadels: Islamic Law, Expertise, and Kidney Sales in Iran" 
1:30-3:30pm, Panel 2 : Evidence in Islamic Law 
  • Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois, Chicago): "Constructivism, Correspondence, and Representation: Approaches to Knowledge in Islamic Legal Texts"
  • Aria Nakissa (Washington University, St. Louis): "Islamic Legal Interpretation as the Interpretation of Action"
  • Nada Moumtaz (Ohio State University): "Statistics as Evidence in Islamic law? Debates on the validity of the family waqf in the Levant and Egypt (1903-1945)"
4:30pm: Keynote lecture by Khaled Fahmy: "Medical evidence in nineteenth-century Egyptian courts"
Saturday : venue is the Franke Institute  MAP
10am-12pm, Panel 3: Imaginative Frontiers
  • Ana Maria Vinea  (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor):  "What is your Evidence?": Qur'anic Healing and Shifting Contemporary Egyptian Therapeutic Epistemologies.
  • Yunus Dogan Telliel (CUNY Graduate Center): "Miraculous Evidence: Scientific Wonders and Religious Reasons"
  • Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago): "Techno-spiritual Reflexivity"

Cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Divinity School, Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Martin Marty Center, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the Anthropology Department, the Islamic Studies Workshop, the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.