CfP: Succession in Islamic Law

We are pleased to invite submissions for the conference “Succession in Islamic Law”, which will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg on 30-31 March 2023.

The conference addresses the role succession law played in Muslim communities in the past, how it unfolds today and what it implies for future generations. We follow a broad definition of succession law, one encompassing all forms of transfer of property between generations. This also includes phenomena not usually associated with succession law, like family foundations (awqāf) or forms of inter vivos transfer of property.

We invite submissions that address the intergenerational transfer of property in various historical and regional contexts. Our aim is to bring together different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives (especially from law, history, economics, anthropology, Middle Eastern/regional studies, gender studies and sociology).

Papers should be based on original, unpublished research. Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (up to 300 words) by 15 September 2022 to Ms Tess Chemnitzer ( We will conduct a blind peer review and send out decisions by 1 October 2022.

We will provide funding for all presenters (travel costs and accommodation).

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Organizers: Nadjma Yassari and Dominik Krell


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