Date(s) - 01/24/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company


A professor of comparative religion at Evergreen State College, Sarah Eltantawi is here this evening with a well-received scholarly work on a place and people who continue to undergo travail, Shari’ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria’s Islamic Revolution (University of California Press).

Shari’ah on Trial is a notable, memorable, and promising addition to literature in the field of contemporary Islamic studies. It serves to fill a significant geographical gap and excels at linking the historical, legal, and political dimensions of shari’ah law in Nigeria. Eltantawi demonstrates her skills by simultaneously weaving a coherent narrative and putting it in conversation with secondary literature and relevant theories. Even better, she tells a story, thus engaging the reader and opening up possibilities for discussion, which only the best of books will do.”—Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina.

“I am impressed with how well the author has nuanced the interpretation of shari’ah in the Nigerian and global contexts in ways that take into consideration the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the institution and its practice. This interpretation displays Eltantawi’s uncommon skill as a deep thinker and her ability to produce a work that is rigorous and original. The work is provocative, creative, and compelling, confronting old orthodoxies with fresh and convincing insights …” – Jacob Olupona, Harvard University.