Assistant Professor of Law and Middle Eastern Studies
Samy Ayoub specializes in Islamic Law, modern Middle Eastern law, and law and religion in contemporary Muslim societies. He focuses on issues concerning law, its interaction with religion, and the role of religion in contemporary legal and socio-political systems within a global comparative perspective. He has legal training in Egypt, United Kingdom, and in the United States. He has taught in law schools, and in religion and Middle Eastern Studies departments. Dr. Ayoub is currently serving as the president of the Islamic Law Section at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Dr. Ayoub’s dissertation and current book project, Law, Empire, and the Sultan: Ottoman Imperial Authority in Late Ḥanafī Jurisprudence, won the 2015 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award. It is currently under review with Oxford University Press. Dr. Ayoub’s second book project is a legal study of political violence in the early modern Ottoman Empire. It investigates Muslim jurists’ responses to armed rebellion against Ottoman political order, and traces how these premodern Muslim legal formulations on dissent, rebellion, and terrorism shape contemporary Muslim legal discourses on these issues.