Sharia on Trial: Northern Nigeria’s Islamic Revolution. University of California Press. Released April 4, 2017. Read: Chapter 1 Sharia on Trial
Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Tūsi did not Opt Out: Shi’ite Jurisprudence and the Solidification of the Stoning Punishment in the Islamic Legal Tradition. — Festschrift for Professor Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016
“Between Strict Constructionist Shariah and Protecting Young Girls in Nigeria: The Case of Child Marriage (ijbār) — Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, 2015
Starting in November of 1999, Northern Nigerians took to the streets to demand that full Islamic penal law be (re)introduced in their societies. This Islamic penal code would re-enliven the ḥudād, or punishments that derive from the Qur’an, which would at last alleviate the poverty and corruption that had reached desperate levels. Hundreds of thousands of people filed out onto the street assuming that nothing less than unyielding laws of God stood a chance of bringing justice and order to a Nigerian society whose laws of man had failed. Sharīʼah penal codes were reintroduced in twelve Northern Nigeria starting in 1999.
This essay analyzes a fault line within this idealized, unilateral perception of widespread support for the strictest iteration of Islamic penal law. I contend here that while Northern Nigeria witnessed widespread support for “idealized” sharīʼah, once this idealization expressed itself through the existing governmental system, a process I call “political sharīʼah”, this support far less unilateral and more fractured. To illustrate this fissure, I concentrate on the example of ijbār, or child marriage, often of children as young as eight or nine. I show in this essay that, even within a context of a society like Northern Nigeria that literally witnessed a grassroots revolution demanding the implimentation of the strictest iteration of Islamic penal law, that law can be sidelined when society agrees that law presents an ethical conflict.
Roundtable on Normativity in Islamic Studies What Does ” Modernity ” and ” Postmodernity ” Mean to Northern Nigerians? Journal of the American Academy of Religion, March 2016, Vol. 84, No. 1, pp. 60–73
“Is Democracy the Question?” — Perhaps the most pertinent question to be asked of Egypt’s revolutionary/counter-revolutionary process in the past three years is this: how can we properly diagnose the persistent incongruity between the slogan of the 2011 revolution—“bread, freedom, and social justice”—and the failures of all political entities inEgypt to achieve them?
“The Difficulty of Accounting for Women who Critique Sharia in Northern Nigeria” Sharia Dynamics: Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Proceses. (Ed. Timothy Daniels). Palgrave McMillian, 2017
“Points on the Popularly-Backed Coup in Egypt, June 2013” Proceedings from Arab Spring Conference. University of Alberta, 2017
“Notes on the Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt”. (under review)