Middle East Studies

Lecture + Book Talk | Afghanistan Rising

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

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Lectures

Faiz Ahmed will introduce his recently published book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires. Published by Harvard University Press, the book traces the country’s longstanding but often ignored scholarly and educational ties to Istanbul, Damascus, and Baghdad as well as greater Delhi and Lahore. Ahmed explains how turn-of-the-twentieth-century Kabul attracted thinkers eager to craft a modern state within the interpretive traditions of Islamic law and ethics, or shariʿa, and international norms of legality. Two distinguished historians will comment on the book and engage Ahmed in conversation: Mustafa Aksakal (Georgetown) and Sana Haroon (UMass Boston). Books will be available for sale, and Professor Ahmed will gladly sign copies at the reception afterward.