Book Launch
Sa 15 Okt 2022 | 19:00–21:00

In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt

Khaled Fahmy (author, Cambridge University), Moderator & Discussant: Fouad Halbouni (EUME Fellow 2021-23)

Khan Aljanub, Potsdamer Straße 151, 10783 Berlin

The event will be held in Arabic.

In his new book, In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt, Khaled Fahmy examines the historical emergence of modern medical practices, forensic medicine and jurisprudence in Egypt in the 19th century. Drawing on groundbreaking research in the Egyptian national archives, In Quest of Justice examines the intersecting histories between Islamic jurisprudence, the rise of modern medical institutions and public medical policies, on the one hand, and on the other, the Egyptian populace’s reception of modern medical practices and policies that redefined the relation between the modern state and their bodies. It also illustrates how shari’a was implemented, how criminal justice functioned, and how scientific-medical knowledges and practices were introduced.

Khaled Fahmy is the Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a specialty in the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century Egypt. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on nineteenth-century Egypt. He has written several books including a revisionist account of the army of Mehmed Ali Pasha (‘All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali, His Army, and the Making of Modern Egypt’), a critical biography of this towering nineteenth-century personality (‘Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt’) and ‘al-Jasad wa-l’Hadatha (‘The Body and Modernity’), a collection of scholarly articles that deal with the history of the disciplines and practices of medicine and law in nineteenth-century Egypt.
Fouad Halbouni is presently a EUME Fellow for the academic year 2022/2023. His current research titled “Exercises in Survival” examines everyday forms of moral practices among Coptic activists in their attempt to reclaim their disrupted and damaged lives in the face of political repression following the Egyptian revolution. 

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