Prof. Dr. Lena Salaymeh

Former Senior Research Fellow with Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels, LL.M. (Cambridge)

Main Fields of Research

Comparative Legal History, Comparative Law, Islamic Law and Legal Theory, Jewish Law, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Theory, Decolonial Thought


Lena Salaymeh is British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford. She is a scholar of law and history, with specializations in Islamic jurisprudence, Jewish jurisprudence, and critical research methods. Her scholarship on law and religion brings together legal history and critiques of secularism. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and her first book The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) received the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Textual Studies.

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