I am very pleased to announce that our MENAS colleague Scott Lucas has been awarded an ACLS Fellowship for next academic year to pursue research on the subject of "The Interpretation of Qur'anic Laws in Yemen." This is a huge honor and reflects the high caliber of Scott’s scholarship. Please find an abstract of Scott’s research proposal here:
Medieval Muslim scholars identified between 200-500 verses of the Qurʾān as having legal significance. This study examines how one scholar, Muḥammad b. al-Hādī (d. 1320), linked the legal verses of the Qurʾān to the webs of casuistry that form the substance of Islamic jurisprudence. Muḥammad b. al-Hādī, a Zaydī scholar from Yemen, wrote an influential Qurʾān commentary called al-Rawḍa wa al-ghadīr that is devoted exclusively to the legal verses of the Qurʾān. Through a critical reading of al-Rawḍa’s passages on prayer, almsgiving, marriage, divorce, and criminal law, this project will illuminate the complex relationship between the Qurʾān and Islamic law, as well as shed light on the history of Zaydī Islam in northern Yemen.
Please join me in congratulating Scott on this achievement.