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This workshop gathers a select group of specialists who will discuss the different aspects of the relationship between law and religion in the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin from ancient times on.

Detail Summary
Date 28 June 2019
Time 09:30 - 17:00
Location P.C. Hoofthuis
Room Lecture hall 1.05


09:30-10:00: Gathering, coffee

10:00-10:15: Opening words (IRENE ZWIEP)

10:15-12:00: Session 1, Ancient Near Eastern and Christian Law. Chair: KAREL VAN DER TOORN

  • SOPHIE DÉMARE-LAFONT (key-note speaker, Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas / Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, PSL): “Gods as Judges: The Making of Law in the Ancient Near East”
  • ILAN PELED (University of Amsterdam): “A Deo Lex? Law and Religion in Ancient Near Eastern Legislation”
  • JAN HALLEBEEK (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “Church Asylum in Late Antiquity: Concession by the Emperor or Competence of the Church?”

12:00-13:30: Lunch break

13:30-15:00: Session 2, Biblical and Jewish Law. Chair: IRENE ZWIEP

  • JACQUES VAN RUITEN (University of Groningen): “Legal Material in the Book of Jubilees”
  • MARGARETHA FOLMER (Leiden University / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “The Divorce Motif in Jewish Magical Texts from Late Antiquity”
  • LEO MOCK (Tilburg University): “The Rabbis and Idolatry”

15:00-15:30: Coffee

15:30-16:30: Session 3, Islamic law. Chair: ROBBERT WOLTERING

  • NICOLET BOEKHOFF-VAN DER VOORT (Radboud University Nijmegen): “The Impact of Imitation: The Development of the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad as the Second Source of Islamic Jurisprudence”
  • JELLE BRUNING (Leiden University): “Compensating for the Illegal Sale of a Slave: A Socio-Historical Approach to Early-Islamic Laws on Sale”

16:30-16:45: Concluding words (ILAN PELED)

For further details please contact Ilan Peled:

P.C. Hoofthuis

Room Lecture hall 1.05

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam


Organized by Ilan Peled and Irene Zwiep


This workshop was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stichting Vrienden van het Juda Palache Instituut and the Amsterdam School of Historixcal Studies (ASH).