William Graham Receives Journal of Law and Religion Lifetime Achievement Award

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William A. Graham. Photo: Justin Knight

The Journal of Law and Religion presented its 15th annual Lifetime Achievement Award to William A. Graham, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, at the journal's 21st annual symposium.

Graham, whose scholarly work has focused on early Islamic religious history and textual traditions and problems in the history of world religion, served as dean of Harvard Divinity School from 2002 to 2012.

The Journal of Law and Religion Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to honor persons who have devoted a substantial part of their life’s work to scholarship or professional practice in law and religion.

The symposium, titled "Emerging Voices in Islamic Jurisprudence," was co-sponsored by Hamline University School of Law and highlighted innovative, responsive thinking in the field of Islamic studies and invited emerging Islamic scholars into a community of conversation with each other, senior Islamic law scholars, and others interested in this discourse about the future of Islamic jurisprudence. The symposium was held September 28-29, 2012. Panel topics included Islamic legal theory; feminism, gender, Islam, and law; comparative law; family law; and revolutions and rights.

The Journal of Law and Religion was initiated in 1982 as a collaborative effort of the Council on Religion and Law and the Hamline University School of Law. According to its website, the journal "is dedicated to a fundamental reappraisal of the disciplines of law and religion as they impinge on each other, might instruct each other, and taken in their conjunction, might offer a constructive response to the major issues of our times."

Graham has been a member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1973 and a member of the Faculty of Divinity since 2002. He has served as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Currier House, and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Core Curriculum Subcommittee on Foreign Cultures at Harvard. He is also former chair of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (U.S. and Canada).