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Conference – Law’s Making, Unmaking, and Remaking of Religion? Middle Eastern and Comparative Perspectives

16 mai / 8h00 17 mai / 18h00

Informations pratiques

  • Dates : 16 et 17 mai 2024, de 8h à 18h
  • Lieu: Sciences Po Bordeaux

Conference on invitation only. It will be held in English.

Thursday 16 May 2024


08:30 – 09:00  Conference Registration

09:00 – 09:30 

  • Opening Session by Dominique Darbon, Director, Sciences Po Bordeaux (TBC) and Marième N’Diaye, Deputy Director, LAM, Sciences Po Bordeaux France

  • Conference Presentation
    Baudouin Dupret, CNRS, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.
    Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, United Kingdom.
    Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.

09:30 – 10:00  Coffee Break

10:00 – 12:00  Panel 1: Defining

Chair: Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, United Kingdom.

Religion, the Policy State, and the University | Nathan Brown, The Georges Washington University, United States.

– A Matter of Principles: Mabādiʾ al-Šarīʿa
Between Universal Necessity and National Contingency | Roberta Aluffi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy.

– The Byzantine Family Code in Focus: An Imprint of Roman, Christian, and Islamic legal concepts? | Dörthe Engelcke, Max Plank Institute for International and Private Law, Germany

– Just Religious Status: Pursuing Equivalence not Equality in Legal Claims to Recognition | Mona Oraby, Howard University, United States.

12:00 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 15:30   Panel 2 : Commodifying & Objectifying

Chair: Baudouin Dupret, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.

– Accommodations of Islamic norms in economical field? A comparative study in North African and European countries. | Bochra Kammarti, Cespra, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France.

– Family Affairs in Algeria : How do Religious Norms Survive ? | Aziadé Zemirli, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Université Paris- Cité, France.

– The Making of “German Islam” by Law: The Constitution, the Public Administration & Muslim Organisations | Jörn Thielmann, FAU Forschungszentrum für Islam und Recht in Europa (FAU EZIRE)

Sharia Transformations: Cultural Politics and the Rebranding of an Islamic Judiciary | Michael Peletz, Emory University, USA

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00   Panel 3: Reforming

Chair: Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.

– The Sharia Court of Appeals 1994-2023: The transformation of the discourse from the ‘perfect Sharia’ to fiqh al-aqalliyyat | Moussa Abou Ramadan, Université de Strasbourg, France.

– Awaiting the Palestinian Family Code: Drafts, Debates, and Developments | Irene Schneider, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

– Is the 2022 Saudi Personal Status Code Revolutionary? | Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron, Centre Population et Développement (CEPED), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Université Paris-Cité, France.

– Islam and the Palestinian Authority | Emilio Dabed, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada.

Friday 17 May 2024


09:30 – 12:30  Panel 4: Adjudicating

Chair: Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.

– The Actual role of Islamic law in the Egyptian Legal System | Karim El Chazli, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Switzerland.

– Adjudicating the Family in Egypt: Interpretive Practices of Positive Islamic Law | Monica Lindbekk, University of Bergen, Norway.

– Family Law and Religious Morality: Judicial Practice in Lebanon’s Sharia Courts | Morgan Clarke, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

– How do European Judges imagine Religious Law, and, more specifically, Islamic Law | Louis-Leon Christians, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

14 :00 – 16 :30   Panel 5 : Imagining

Chair: Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, United Kingdom.

– The Message of the Imam | Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

– “Fatherland, Religion, Family”: The Depiction of Clergymen in Greek Theatre and Cinema Under Strict Political and Moral Censorship (1936-1974) | Aristides N. Hatzis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

– The Representation of Religion in Turkish Films and TV series: Re-Building the National Identity | Valentina Rita Scotti, European Law and Governance School, Italy.

Mawga Ḥārra [A Heatwave]: Sex Work, Morality, and Crime in Contemporary Egypt | Heba Khalil, Nebraska Wesleyan University, United States. 

16:30 – 17:00   Coffee Break

17:00 – 17:30   Concluding Session

20:00                Farewell Diner