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Faculty - Weitz
Lev Weitz, Assistant Professor
PhD 2013, Princeton University
Medieval Middle East, law and society, non-Muslims in Islamic societies


Office hours: Thursday, 11:00-12:00 or by appointment

Dr. Weitz’s research interests lie in the dynamics of intellectual and social interaction between the various religious communities that have shaped the history of the Islamic Middle East. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the emergence of traditions of family law among the Christian communities of the medieval Middle East, and how this Christian law articulated new conceptions of community in the multi-religious societies of the Abbasid Caliphate.

“Al-Ghazali, Bar Hebraeus, and the ‘Good Wife.’” Journal of the American Oriental Society. Forthcoming.

“Polygyny and East Syrian Law: Local Practices and Ecclesiastical Tradition.” In Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Early Medieval Mediterranean World: Minority Perceptions and Minority Constructions, edited by Robert Hoyland. Princeton, NJ: The Darwin Press, forthcoming.

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