"Legal History: Methods and Approaches in Comparative Perspective"

HIST 2981P Section S01, CRN 24906

Spring 2018

Mondays, 3-530 PM

Sharpe House 107
Professor Faiz Ahmed


Course Description:

This graduate seminar explores what it means to research and write legal history—broadly construed and incorporating the overlapping fields of constitutional history, sociolegal history, and law and society studies. After select canonical readings across geographic and chronological fields, we turn to cutting edge work by current scholars on topics including, inter alia, social histories of law, legal cultures, and legal institutions; religion and secular authority; race, gender, family, and legality; international law, the laws of war, and human rights; and comparative/transnational approaches to justice and the rule of law. Open to graduate students pursuing questions of law and society or the history of legal ideas and institutions, this seminar seeks diverse interpretive methods and approaches to legal history, including but not limited to the use of court records. A highlight of the seminar are class visits by distinguished historians at Brown specializing in one or more of the aforesaid topics and/or methodologies, across different time periods and regions of the world.