Scott Lucas

About Scott Lucas

Dr. Lucas started learning Arabic during his freshman year of college, which led to  two fruitful periods of study in San'a', Yemen, and ultimately graduate school. His research explores the creative process by which individual Muslim scholars composed works in the genres of law, hadith, and Qur’anic commentary during the classical period of Islamic civilization. (For his major articles, see  He is currently completing an unabridged translation of approximately 700 pages of al-Tabari’s Qur’an commentary, which will be part of the Great Commentaries of the Holy Qur’an series, published by Fons Vitae. Dr. Lucas has spent significant time in Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon.

Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:30, or by appointment


B.A., Yale University, Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations;
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Research Interests:

Islamic Law, Hadith, Qur’anic Studies

Selected Publications: (Available at

“‘Perhaps You Only Kissed Her?’: A Contrapuntal Reading of the Penalties for Illicit Sex in the Sunni Hadith Literature,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 39:3 (2011): 399-415.

“Principles of Traditionist Jurisprudence Reconsidered,” The Muslim World, 100.1 (2010): 145-56.                       

“Justifying Gender Inequality in the Shafi‘i Law School: Two Case Studies of Muslim Legal Reasoning,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 129.2 (2009): 237-58.

“Where are the Legal Hadith?  A Study of the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shayba,” Islamic Law and Society, 15.3 (2008): 283-314.

“Divorce, Hadith-scholar Style: From al-Darimi to al-Tirmidhi,” Journal of Islamic Studies, 19.3 (2008): 325-68.

“Abu Bakr Ibn al-Mundhir, Amputation, and the Art of Ijtihad,International Journal of Middle East Studies, 39.3 (2007): 351-68.

The Legal Principles of Muhammad b. Isma‘il al-Bukhari and their relationship to Classical Salafi Islam,” Islamic Law and Society, 13.3 (2006): 289-324.

Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature, and the Articulation of Sunni Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Sa‘d, Ibn Ma‘in, and Ibn Hanbal, Islamic History and Civilization: Studies and Texts, vol. 51.  Leiden: Brill, 2004. 


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Scott Lucas
Associate Professor, Islamic Studies
Telephone: 520-626-9562
Office: Marshall 446
Office Hours: By Appointment