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ILSP: Lunch Talk :: A Gentleman and a Scholar: Profile of an Ottoman Judge in the Late Sixteenth Century

May 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Amir Toft, Research Scholar in Law and an Islamic Law & Civilization Research Fellow, Yale Law School

Mediterranean lunch will be served.
Space is limited. RSVP by emailing

This talk profiles the education and career of a judge who served for one year around 1580 as judge in the court of Üsküdar, one of the districts of Istanbul. The purpose of this talk is to provide more narrative depth to the historiography of early modern Ottoman law. The great bulk of Ottoman legal studies for that period pays heavy attention to bureaucratic administration and its most prominent figures. This talk breathes a bit of life into one of these functionaries, who would otherwise remain totally forgotten.

Amir Toft is a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic Thought in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. During the 2017–18 academic year he has been a research fellow in the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School.


May 1, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Islamic Legal Studies Program


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Islamic Legal Studies Program: SHARIAsource