Professor Susan Spectorsky
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic
Studies, emerita as of 2003. Ph.D. Columbia University
Prof. Spectorsky created and taught the entire Arabic curriculum,
including language and literature-in-translation courses and the
historical surveys of Islamic civilization and of revival and reform
in Islam in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; at the graduate
level, she taught Islamic Spain. Her research speciality is the
interpretation of the texts of Muslim jurisprudence, and the pre-modern
civilization of Islam.
I am interested in
the early history and civilization of Islam. My own research is
in the development of Islamic legal theory as it is reflected in
discussions among the jurists of the first three centuries of Islam.
Their thinking has been an important influence in the development
of Islamic society, and the working out of the law on the basis
of their theories remains one of the most characteristic expressions
of Islamic thought.
In addition to my own work, I am able to contribute to the study
of Islamic law as the book review editor of the Journal of Islamic
Law and Society. The journal (published by E.J. Brill) is now
in its fifth year and is devoted to the publication of scholarly
articles on all aspects and periods of Islamic legal theory and
practice. Books chosen for review reflect a broad range of research
interests and the reviewers are scholars both Muslim and non-Muslim
from all over the world.
Chapters on Marriage and Divorce: Responses of Ibn Hanbal
and Ibn Rahwayh - Translation with Introduction & Notes by Prof.Susan
Classic, Middle Eastern, Asian Languages & Cultures
Tel: 718-997-5570 Fax: 718-997-5577
November 9, 2006