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Emran El-Badawi
University of Houston System (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Before Shariah: Near Eastern Law and Authority in the Long Seventh Century, 570-705 CE

The seventh century CE was a seminal period in the religious and historical development of the classical Near East. The Persian empire had come to an abrupt end. The Byzantine empire was halved in size. And Islam emerged as a new and lasting imperial as well as religious presence in the region. However, a closer examination the teachings and commandments of prophets and patriarchs demonstrate a continuation and development of legal tradition during this time. More specifically, my research will explore the continuity of (mainly) Syriac Christian Law in the beginnings of Islamic Law. This research will shed light not only on the shared history of Christians and Muslims, but provide a historically based understanding of Shariah. This grant proposal is also aimed at fulfilling the vision behind the "bridging cultures" initiative.

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Project fields:
Comparative Religion; Legal History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 7/31/2014