"SPACES OF KNOWLEDGE: MATERIAL HISTORIES OF SHARI'A TEXTS"
Brinkley Messick, Columbia University
Part of the Silsila spring 2019 Lecture Series, Replication
I offer examples of three types of readings in a formation of Islamic legal texts. The first concerns changing materialities of writing as indices of an epistemic shift; the second examines material analogies across different textual genres; and the third focuses on textual stripping as a mechanism of genre change.
Brinkley Messick is Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. He was a founding Director of the Center for Palestine Studies and currently is Director of the Middle East Institute. He is the author of The Calligraphic State (California,1993) and Sharīʿa Scripts (Columbia, 2018).