Succession in Islamic Law

International Conference

  • Beginn: 30.03.2023
  • Ende: 31.03.2023
  • Ort: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht

Meet the Panelists: Conference "Succession in Islamic Law"

Meet some of the panelists of the international conference “Succession in Islamic Law”, which will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law on 30 and 31 March 2023.

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The Research Group “Changes in God’s Law – An Inner-Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws” is delighted to announce the conference Succession in Islamic Law, to be held from 30 to 31 March 2023.

The conference brings together scholars and researchers from various fields of social sciences, the humanities and law to share and exchange their experiences and research results with respect to the intergenerational transfer of property in Muslim jurisdictions. We are looking forward to offering new perspectives on the role of succession law in Muslim communities in the past and in the present, looking as well at its role for future generations.

The conference is organized in five thematic panels; each panel will connect the scholarship, discipline, methodological approach and theoretical perspective of the invited speakers by means of overarching topics that all speakers will address. Speakers will have ample space to present the main aspects of their research. At the same time, the panels are meant to serve as a vehicle to foster a focused discussion between the panelists and between them and the audience. Each panel will be chaired by a moderator who will guide the conversation, facilitate the exchange and create a common frame of reference.

  • Panel one, entitled Islamic succession law in practice: sources and methods, investigates the motivations triggering reform and its actors.
  • Panel two, entitled Pluralities of normative systems: between hierarchy and autonomy, contextualizes succession law within several normative systems competing for application.
  • Panel three, entitled Succession by other means, examines how property is transferred between generations via wills, gifts and contracts in accordance with, in defiance of, or in addition to succession law.
  • Panel four, entitled The role of waqf in succession law, explores the use and impact of family endowments in the context of different family structures, looking at gender dynamics and economic interests.
  • Panel five, entitled The encounter of various normative systems: a historical perspective, looks at how colonial rule shaped Islamic succession in court practice.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by David Powers (Cornell University) on Inheritance and Political Succession in Early Islam.


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