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Anthropology Colloquium: Brinkley Messick

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

McGraw Hall
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

"A textual tradition: the anthropologist as reader”


Brinkley Messick is a Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University.

Brinkley Messick specializes in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law.  He is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation (1996). His Sharīʿa Scripts: An Historical Anthropology was published Columbia University Press in 2018.

He has conducted research in Yemen and Morocco supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright and the Guggenheim Foundation, and he teaches courses on the anthropology of law, the analysis of written culture, and the theory and practice of Islamic law.

This event is co-sponsored by Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Muslim Studies.  Thank you.

photo:  (The chapter on the "Contract of Sale” in the versified Zubad of Ibn Raslan (d. 1440))


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