Law’s Making, Unmaking, and Remaking of Religion? Middle Eastern and Comparative Perspectives

Sciences Po Bordeaux, France | 16-17 May 2024

Conference Programme

Thursday 16 May 2024

08:30 – 09:00  Conference Registration

09:00 – 09:30  Opening Session

Dominique Darbon, Director, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France (TBC)
Marième N’Diaye, Deputy Director, LAM, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France


Conference Presentation

Baudouin Dupret, CNRS, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.
Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, United Kingdom.
Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.


09:30 – 10:00  Coffee Break

10:00 – 12:0Panel 1: Defining

Chair: Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, United Kingdom.

Religion, the Policy State, and the University
Nathan Brown, The George Washington University, United States.

A Matter of Principles: Mabādiʾ al-Šarīʿa
Between Universal Necessity and National Contingency Roberta Aluffi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy.

The Byzantine Family Code in Focus: An Imprint of Roman, Christian, and Islamic legal concepts?
Dörthe Engelcke, Max Plank Institute for International and Private Law, Germany

Just Religious Status: Pursuing Equivalence not Equality in Legal Claims to Recognition
Mona Oraby, Howard University, United States.

12:00 – 13:30   Lunch                                                 

13:30 – 15:30   Panel 2 : Commodifying & Objectifying

Chair: Baudouin Dupret, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.

Accommodations of Islamic norms in economical field? A comparative study in North African and European countries.
Bochra Kammarti, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France.

Family Affairs in Algeria : How do Religious Norms Survive ?
Aziadé Zemirli, CEPED, Université Paris-Cité (IRD), France, Centre arabe de recherches et d'études politiques (CAREP).

The Making of “German Islam” by Law: The Constitution, the Public Administration & Muslim Organisations
Jörn Thielmann, FAU Forschungszentrum für Islam und Recht in Europa (FAU EZIRE), Germany

Rebranding a Sharia Assemblage
Michael Peletz, Emory University, United States


15:30 – 16:00    Coffee Break


16:00 – 18:00    Panel 3: Reforming

Chair: Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.
The Sharia Court of Appeals 1994-2023: The transformation of the discourse from the ‘perfect Sharia’ to fiqh al-aqalliyyat
Moussa Abou Ramadan, Université de Strasbourg, France.

Awaiting the Palestinian Family Code: Drafts, Debates, and Developments Irene Schneider, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Is the 2022 Saudi Personal Status Code Revolutionary?
Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron, Université Paris-Cité, France.

Islam and the Palestinian Authority
Emilio Dabed, York University, Canada.


Friday 17 May 2024

09:30 – 12:30  Panel 4: Adjudicating

Chair: Ido Shahar, University of Haifa, Israel.
The Actual role of Islamic law in the Egyptian Legal System
Karim El Chazli, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Switzerland.

Adjudicating the Family in Egypt: Interpretive Practices of Positive Islamic Law
Monica Lindbekk, University of Bergen, Norway.

Family Law and Religious Morality: Judicial Practice in Lebanon’s Sharia Courts
Morgan Clarke, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

How do European Judges imagine Religious Law, and, more specifically, Islamic Law
Louis-Leon Christians, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch


14 :00 – 16 :30   Panel 5 : Imagining

Chair: Gianluca Parolin, Aga Khan University, United Kingdom.

The Message of the Imam
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Fatherland, Religion, Family”: The Depiction of Clergymen in Greek Theatre and Cinema Under Strict Political and Moral Censorship (1936-1974)
Aristides N. Hatzis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

The Representation of Religion in Turkish Films and TV series: Re-Building the National Identity
Valentina Rita Scotti, European Law and Governance School, Greece.

Mawga Ḥārra
[A Heatwave]: Sex Work, Morality, and Crime in Contemporary Egypt
Heba Khalil, Nebraska Wesleyan University, United States.



16:30 – 17:00    Coffee Break

17:00 – 17:30    Concluding Session

20:00                 Farewell Diner