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Anchassi, Omar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Arab and Islamic Studies

I am primarily interested in Islamic Law and Legal Theory and their intersections with Kal?m-theology in various periods. I also entertain interests in Qur’?nic hermeneutics (particularly feminist), the social history of science in the Muslim world and the category of ‘Modernity’. My current project explores shifts in the legal discourse on slavery from approximately the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, using late post-classical texts such as the Radd al-Muht?r of Ibn `?bid?n (d. 1252/1836) to examine the place slave-concubinage and related practices occupied in the thought of jurists around the time of the early colonial European penetration of Islamdom. Working on sources from a range of genres in the Arabophone Middle East, I aim to track changing patterns of argument and to explain how discursive transformations led from a point at which sexual access to slave-woman was seen as completely unremarkable to one in which it was regarded with a certain moral outrage.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Andalusi Studies   
Mamluk Studies   
Ottoman Studies   
Islamic Thought   
Islamic Studies   
Islamic Law   
South Asian Studies   
World History   
Gender/Women's Studies   
History of Science   
Colonialism   
Classical   
All Time Periods   
Modernization   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Ottoman Empire   
Islamic World   
SPECIALTIES
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LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
English (Native)   
EDUCATION
DPhil2016HistoryUniversity of London (Queen Mary)
MA (Hons)2012History (Intellectual History)University of London (UCL and QMUL)
BA2010Humanities (BA English Literature and History)University of London (Queen Mary)
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