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Legal Studies

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Iza Hussin
Assistant Professor


Department of Legal Studies
110 Gordon Hall, UMass/Amherst
Phone:  413-545-2003 / Fax: 413-545-1640

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Iza Hussin is a political scientist whose research and teaching focuses upon the interconnectedness of religion, law and society, particularly within the Muslim world. Her dissertation, "The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites and Colonial Authority in Malaya, India and Egypt," explores the political dynamics of Islamic law formation during the British colonial period. She has published on Islamic law in the contemporary Muslim world, family law reform, Islamic law and post-colonial states, women in American Muslim communities, and on Islam and colonial history. She has conducted research in Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel and Palestine, most recently with the support of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Research and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has taught classes in comparative courts and legal institutions and on contemporary Islam in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. New research projects include the Indian Ocean as an arena of legal transmission, the travels of Islamic law (by land, sea and through virtual space), and theoretical approaches to the study of religion and politics.


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