Legal documents and identity construction – University of Copenhagen

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10th Annual International ADI Conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen
18-20 June 2018    


Legal documents and identity construction in Muslim Central Asia

Conveners: Aysima Mirsultan and Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

In recent years, a number of excellent studies based on legal documents have set new standards and inspired further research on Islamic Central Asia. The panel aims to bring together well-established and young researchers working on legal documents produced in this region in the 19th and 20th centuries. These documents enable exploration of the self-positioning of Muslim communities under foreign rule and raise important questions pertaining to colonialism and imperial history. The conflicts for which plaintiffs seek legal settlement can also be read as testimonies of communal values and identities. In some instances, judgments reflect contestation between Islamic law and local (customary) practices. The textual strategies of legal experts are also illuminating. We are particularly interested in cases concerning family law:  inheritance, mortgage, bestowal, lease, agreement, sale etc. Philological, historical, anthropological, legal and interdisciplinary perspectives are all welcome.

The panel is intended to serve as a platform upon which a network of scholars interested in legal documents from Muslim Central Asia (broadly defined to include both Russian and Chines spheres of influence) can be built.

Please submit your abstract to Marie Yoshida (
1 March 2018.

Please include in your submission:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, short bio
  • Abstract that clearly lays out the title, argument and methodology (approx 250 words)
  • Intended panel  

Conveners and organizing committee will assess the submitted abstracts and inform you of the decision soon hereafter.