Rumee Ahmed (PhD, University of Virginia) is the Canada Research Chair in Theology and Ethics and Professor of Islamic Law at the University of British Columbia. His writing and research span religion, law, theology, philosophy, and public policy. 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). When he grows up he hopes to join the Sinestro Corps.
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.
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.
Articles (peer-reviewed, selected)
“War and Peace in the Qur’an” in M. Dakake and D. Madigan (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Qur’an (New York: Routledge, 2021) pp. 334-45.
“Scriptural Reasoning and Islamic Studies” in M. James and R. Rashkover (eds.) Signs of Salvation: A Festschrift for Peter Ochs (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021) pp. 116-29.
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 Particularist 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.