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Eirik Hovden

TMS-project: How does Islamic Law change? Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts
Project period: 2020-2024
Host departments: Department for foreign language
and Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

Eirik Hovden  er forsker ved Institutt for fremmedspråk og leder for TMS-prosjekt “How does Islamic law Change? Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts”. The CanCode project will study the processes of change in Islamic law by taking as its starting point two concepts, canonization and codification. The terms are used in somewhat different ways in the professional debates, but both terms focus on the selection and validation or authorization of knowledge, values ​​and legal rules.

The project has four empirical focus areas:

  • The pre-modern and colonial Swahili coast (pre-modern canonization)
  • Modern, contemporary Scandinavia (modern canonization)
  • Pre-modern Yemen (pre-modern codification)
  • Modern Egypt and Israel (modern codification)

For more info, see the project website, here.