Lecture: “To Save a Life” (New York, Sept. 12)

On Monday, September 12, the Jewish Law Institute (JLI) at Touro Law Center, in conjunction with Proskauer Rose, will co-sponsor a CLE event, “To Save a Life: Confidentiality and the Innocent Convict in Jewish Law and American Law.” The event will be held at Proskauer’s Manhattan office, Eleven Times Square. The featured speaker will be Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the JLI. For more information on the event, click here.

Wood, “Islamic Legal Revival”

In November, Oxford University Press will release Islamic Legal Revival: Reception of European Law and Transformations in Islamic Legal Thought in Egypt, 1875-1952 by Leonard Wood (Harvard University). The publisher’s description follows:Islamic Legal Revival.jpg

In this meticulously researched volume, Leonard Wood presents his ground breaking history of Islamic revivalist thought in Islamic law. Islamic Legal Revival: Reception of European Law and Transformations in Islamic Legal Thought in Egypt, 1879-1952 brings to life the tumultuous history of colonial interventions in Islamic legal consciousness during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It tells the story of the rapid displacement of local Egyptian and Islamic law by transplanted European codes and details the evolution of resultant movements to revive Islamic law. Islamic legal revivalist movements strove to develop a modern version of Islamic law that could be codified and would replace newly imposed European laws. Wood explains in unparalleled depth and with nuance how cutting-edge trends in European legal scholarship inspired influential revivalists and informed their methods in legal thought.

Timely and provocative, Islamic Legal Revival tells of the rich achievements of legal experts in Egypt who disrupted tradition in Islamic jurisprudence and created new approaches to Islamic law that were distinctively responsive to demands of the contemporary world. The story told bears important implications for understandings of Egyptian history, Islamic legal history, comparative law, and deeply contested and highly transformative interactions between European and Islamic thought.

Marks & Dollahite, “Religion and Families”

In October, Routledge will release Religion and Families: An Introduction by Loren D. Marks (Brigham Young University) and David C. Dollahite (Brigham Young University). The publisher’s description follows:Religion and Families

This is first multidisciplinary text to address the growing scholarly connection between religion and family life. The latest literature from family studies, psychology, sociology, and religion is reviewed along with narratives drawn from interviews with 200 racially, religiously, and regionally diverse families which bring the concepts to life. Written in a thought-provoking, accessible, and sometimes humorous style by two of the leading researchers in the field, the book reflects the authors’ firsthand experience in teaching today’s students about religion’s impact on families. Prior to writing the book, the authors read the sacred texts of many faiths, interviewed religious leaders, and attended religious services for a wide array of faiths. The result is an accurate and engaging account of why and how families are impacted by their religion. Boldfaced key terms defined in the glossary, text boxes, chapter conclusions, summary points, and review questions provide a study tool at exam time.

Religion and Families: An Introduction:

– Provides the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary undergraduate text on religion and families.

-Examines a score of denominations within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

-Reviews findings from racially and ethnically diverse families, from traditional and diverse Read more