Scott Lucas

About Scott Lucas

Dr. Lucas is an associate professor of Islamic Studies. His research explores the creative process by which Sunni and Zaydi scholars composed works in the genres of law, hadith, and Qur’anic commentary during the classical period of Islamic civilization. (For his major publications, see  He recently published a two-volume, unabridged translation of thirty passages from al-Tabari’s Qur’an commentary, titled Selections from the Comprehensive Exposition of the Interpretation of the Verses of the Qur'an. Dr. Lucas was a member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton during Fall 2018 and received an ACLS Fellowship to pursue research on the relationship between the Qur'an and Islamic Law during the 2018-19 academic year.  He currently is working on multiple book and article projects related to Zaydi law and theology in Yemen.

Office Hours: By appointment (Research leave Spring 2019 and Fall 2019)


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, Zaydi Theology, Hadith, Qur’anic Studies

Selected Publications: (Available at

Tabari, Selections from the Comprehensive Exposition of the Interpretation of the Verses of the Qur’ān.  2 vols. Cambridge, UK: The Islamic Texts Society, 2017. (1,125 pages) Annotated translation, with an introduction and four appendices.

“An Efficacious Invocation Inscribed in the Dome of the Rock: Literary and epigraphic evidence for a first-century hadith,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 76.2 (2017): 215-30.

“Al-Hakim al-Naysaburi and the Companions of the Prophet: An Original Sunni Voice in the Shi‘i Century,” in The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning: Studies in Honor of Wadad  Kadi.  Edited by Maurice Pomeranz and Aram Shahin.  Boston: Brill, 2015.  Pp. 236- 249.

“Is the Qur’an Wise? Is God the Outward? Two Exegetical Debates Lost in English Translations of the Qur’an,” in Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honor of Dr. Adel  Sulaiman Gamal.  Edited by Mamoud al-Gibali.  Cairo: Al-Adab, 2014.  Pp. 541-566.

“‘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