The public is invited to the workshop “Law and Religion in the Middle
East and Mediterranean through the Ages”, to be held at the University
of Amsterdam this June.
* For programme, abstracts and additional information, please see our
* If you plan to come, please send an email to:
Law.Religion.Amsterdam@gmail.com (attendance is free and open to all).
* Questions and enquiries can be sent to Ilan Peled: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Time and place: Friday, June 28, P.C. Hoofthuis, lecture room 1.05
(Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam).
09:30-10:00: gathering, coffee.
10:00-10:15: opening words (Irene Zwiep).
10:15-12:00: Session 1: Ancient Near Eastern and Christian Law. Chair:
Karel van der Toorn.
Sophie Démare-Lafont (key-note speaker, Université Paris II –
Panthéon-Assas / Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, PSL): “Gods as
Judges: The Making of Law in the Ancient Near East.”
Ilan Peled (University of Amsterdam): “A Deo Lex? Law and Religion in
Ancient Near Eastern Legislation.”
Jan Hallebeek (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “Church Asylum in Late
Antiquity: Concession by the Emperor or Competence of the Church?”
13:30-15:00: Session 2: Biblical and Jewish Law. Chair: Irene Zwiep.
Jacques van Ruiten (University of Groningen): “Legal Material in the
Book of Jubilees.”
Margaretha Folmer (Leiden University / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam):
“The Divorce Motif in Jewish Magical Texts from Late Antiquity.”
Leo Mock (Tilburg University): “The Rabbis and Idolatry.”
15:30-16:30: Session 3: Islamic Law. Chair: Robbert Woltering.
Nicolet Boekhoff-van der Voort (Radboud University Nijmegen): “The
Impact of Imitation: The Development of the Sunna of the Prophet
Muhammad as the Second Source of Islamic Jurisprudence.”
Jelle Bruning (Leiden University): “Compensating for the Illegal Sale
of a Slave: A Socio-Historical Approach to Early-Islamic Laws on
16:30-16:45: concluding words (Ilan Peled).
Irene Zwiep and Ilan Peled