Junaid Quadri, assistant professor of history and religious studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is among 71 scholars selected for an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship award, which support humanities and social science research.
Quadri, a Modern Islamic law scholar, was chosen from nearly 1,200 applicants through the organization’s rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process.
The $39,000 award will support one year of research for his book project “Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity,” which is a historical examination of the development of Islamic law over the past 150 years.
“Drawing upon the writings of jurist-scholars writing in Cairo, Kazan, Lucknow and Istanbul, my project tracks several central shifts in Islamic legal writing that throw into doubt the possibility of reading its later trajectory through the lens of a continuous tradition,” he says.
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