Oaths and Vows in Islamic Law

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2005

Project Description/Abstract

A study of treatment of oaths and vows in early Islamic legal texts. The project examines the way in which Muslim legal scholars deal with social and ritual practices widespread in the Near East at the time of the rise of Islam (7th-12th centuries). It will engage some of the major scholarly debates concerning the formation fo Islam in the context of Late Antiquity, and will assess the realtive importance of ealier pre-Islamic (expecially Jewish) discussions of oaths and vows in the Islamic legal system. Results to be disseminated in two encyclopedia articles (completed by the end of summer) and ultimately one or two major articles in referenced journals.

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