Understanding Sharia - Perfect Past / Imperfect Present

  • Awarded to: Professor Robert Gleave
  • Funding Awarded to Exeter: £
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  • Dates: 1 September 2016 - 31 October 2018
  • Sponsor(s): Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)
  • Project website: www.usppip.eu

Understanding Shari’a: Past Present Imperfect Present (www.usppip.eu); this two-year project (2016-2018) is funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area consortium as part of the “Uses of the Past” programme. It is a collaboration between the universities of Exeter, Gottingen, Bergen and Leiden, with a team of lead researchers and postdoctoral fellows in each centre. The project examines the ways in which the notion of a “perfect past” informs programmes of reform of the “imperfect present” in Islamic legal thinking. The postdoctoral research fellow on this project is Dr Omar Anchassi.