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HERA grant awarded to Léon Buskens and international colleagues

Together with internationally esteemed colleagues, Léon Buskens has been awarded a HERA Joint Research Programme Grant for a research project entitled "Understanding Sharia: Past Perfect/Imperfect Present".

Joint research

This joint research project aims to analyse the pre-modern context of Islamic law and its effects on contemporary Muslim legal practices. Léon Buskens will work on this project together with Robert Gleave (project leader, University of Exeter), Irene Schneider (Georg-August-University Göttingen) and Knut Vikør (University of Bergen). 

According to the International Review Panel, this transnational research project is "very strong, original and innovative and promises to deepen our understanding of contemporary Islamic legal thought and practice (...) it will have a substantial and innovative academic and non-academic impact." 

Islam in everyday life in Morocco

Professor Léon Buskens is an anthropologist studying law and culture in Muslim societies. One of his main research interests is how Muslims shape Islam in everyday life, in relation to other practices and to religious teachings. He has a longstanding interest in Morocco. Since 2015 he has been Managing Director of NIMAR (Netherlands Institute Morocco) in Rabat.

HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area – is a partnership between 24 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Commission, with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes.
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