Rumee Ahmed (PhD, University of Virginia) is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Associate Professor of Islamic Law.  His writing and research span religion, law, theology, philosophy, and hermeneutics. He is the author of Sharia Compliant: A User’s Guide to Hacking Islamic Law (Stanford University Press, 2018) and Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, 2012), and is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Objectives of Islamic Law (Lexington Books, 2018). He is a regular commentator for international policy organizations like the UN, the Atlantic Council, the World Bank, and the Carter Center, and has done a lot of other stuff, too, but somehow has yet to beat the original Super Mario Bros.

al-Maturidi: Reasoning Beyond Reason (Cambridge, UK: Islamic Texts Society).

"Uṣūl al-Fiqh", The Encyclopedia of Islam, Vol. III (Leiden: Brill).

"War and Peace in the Qur'an" in M. Dakake and D. Madigan (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Qur'an (New York: Routledge, 2020).

"Scriptural Reasoning and Islamic Studies" in R. Rashkover, T. Greggs, and M. James (eds.) Signs of Salvation: Encountering Peter Ochs (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020).


Single Author

Sharia Compliant: A User's Guide to Hacking Islamic Law (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018) 272pp.

Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012) 220pp.

Edited Volumes

The Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law, co-edited with Anver Emon, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) 1008pp.

The Promises and Challenges of the Maqasid al-Shari'a, co-edited with Idris Nassery and Muna Tatari,  (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018) 312pp.


with Ayesha S. Chaudhry, "Their Bodies Ourselves: Muslim Women's Clothing at the Intersection of Rights, Religion, and Security." B. Goold and L. Lazarus (eds.) Security and Human Rights, 2nd. ed. (London: Hart Publishing, 2019) pp. 53-75.

"Islamic Law and Theology" in A. Emon and R. Ahmed (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) pp. 105-132 and (Oxford Handbooks Online).

"Which Comes First, the Maqasid or the Shari'a?" in R. Ahmed, I. Nassery, and M. Tatari (eds.) The Objectives of Islamic Law: The Promises and Challenges of the Maqasid al-Shari'a (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018) pp. 239-262.

"Ordinary Justice: A Theology of Islamic Law as a Social Contract" in Abbas Poya (ed.) Sharia and Justice: An Ethical, Legal, Political, and Cross-Cultural Approach (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2018) pp. 1-23.

"Principles of Law" in Andrew Rippin (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

"Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy in Medieval Islam" in Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy eds. Richard C. Taylor and Luis X. López-Farjeat (New York: Routledge, 2016) pp. 57-66.

with Aryeh Cohen, "Assuming Power: Judges, Imagined Authority, and the Quotidian" in Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering Our Spiritual Other (Oxford: Oneworld, 2016) pp. 3-24.

"Inclusive Communities, Exclusive Theologies: Measuring the Risks of Interfaith Dialogue" Modern Theology, 30.1 (2014): 140-145.

"Scriptural Reasoning and the Anglican-Muslim Encounter" Journal of Anglican Studies, 11.3 (2013): 166-178.

“The Lash is mightier than the sword: Torture and citizenry in medieval Islamic thought” Journal of Religious Ethics, 39.4 (2011): 606-612.

“The ethics of prophetic disobedience: Qur’ān 8:67 at the crossroads of the Islamic sciences” Journal of Religious Ethics, 39.3 (2011): 440-457.

“Sacred bodies: Considering resistance to oncofertility in Muslim thought” in Oncofertility: Reflections from the humanities and social sciences. New York, New York: Springer Press, pp. 279-286.

Rescuing the wretched: Between universalist and particular readings of Qur’ān 4:75″ Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 8.1 (2009).

Non-Peer Reviewed (selected)

with Anver Emon, "Smuggling Scholarship–In re the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law", The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (The Social Science Research Council, January 17, 2019).

"Sharia Compliant – An Introduction", The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (The Social Science Research Council, April 10, 2018).

with Ayesha S. Chaudhry, "Islamic Perspective on Engaging Men and Boys to End Domestic Violence in the Family" (Gananoque, ON: Canadian Council for Muslim Women, 2016).

"[Review] Islam and Literalism by Robert Gleave" Journal of the American Oriental Society, 136.2 (2016): 458-60.

“Suicide" in Richard C. Martin (ed.) Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Farmington Hills, MI, 2016) pp. 2:1107-8.

"[Review] Maṣlaḥa and the Purpose of the Law: Islamic Discourse on Legal Change from the 4th/10th Century by Felicitas Opwis" Islamic Law and Society 22.3 (2015): 297-300.

"[Review] Fatigue of the Shari'ah by Ahmad Atif Ahmad" Contemporary Islam, 9.2 (2015): 215-7.

"Islamic Law and the Boundaries of Social Responsibility" Tikkun, 28.1 (2013): 23-5.

  • Law and Legal Theory
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Theology
  • Scriptural Reasoning


(2018) "Sharia to the People: Breaking the Interpretive Monopoly on Islamic Law", Annual Martin Lecture in Religion, Wheaton College, MA.

(2018) “The Tradition is Now: Sexual Mores and the Making of Islamic Law”, Islamic Law and Sexuality, University of Exeter.

(2017) "A Tradition of Violence in the Just War Tradition: Gender and Politics of Justice”, Council on Religion and Law, United Theological Seminary.

(2016) Dancing With Difference: Peter Ochs and the Academic Study of Islam, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

(2016) Islamic Law's Debt to Kalam: A Case Study of the Hanafi School, University of Paderborn.

(2016) The Qur'an: Past, Present, and Future, Stanford University.

(2015) Shari'a 2.0: Islamic Systematics and the Science of Islamic Legal Reform, Georgetown University.

(2014) Everyday Oppressions: Ritual, Gender, and Islamic Legal Reform, Pennsylvania State University.

(2014) Islamic Legal Reform: A View from Within, Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies.

(2014) Toward a Theory for Reading Medieval Qur'an Commentaries, Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics Annual Meeting.

(2013) The Feminine Threat: Pre-Modern Islamic Law, Modern Identities, and the Idealized Female Body, University of Western Sydney.

(2013) The Mu'tazili in al-Jassas: Authority, Theology, and Legal Change After the Mihna, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

(2013) Finding Ethics in Islamic Law, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

(2012) A Passport to Morality: The Role of State Boundaries in Islamic Legal Reasoning, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.