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book cover to Shari'a, Inshallah (2021)

2021

Shari’a, Inshallah: Finding God in Somali Legal Politics

Shari’a, Inshallah takes Massoud’s pathbreaking scholarship on fragile states to a new frontier … A brilliant, superbly nuanced analysis of the integral role of religion in state-building, law-making, and social life.’

Terence C. Halliday

American Bar Foundation

‘[A]n impassioned piece of advocacy for the value of shari’a as a source of justice.’

Justin Willis

The Conversation

‘…[A] bold and refreshing perspective on struggles over governance in Africa’s Horn that also offers an elegant reimagining of Islamic law’s role in the making of 21st century states.’

Susan Hirsch

George Mason University

‘A compassionate, timely, and hopeful study. The core message that “the problem is not shari‘a, it is what people have done with it” presents an opportunity for Muslim-majority countries to reconcile faith, custom, and law.’

Dr. Jama Musse Jama

Hargeysa Cultural Centre

‘A comprehensively researched and fascinating legal ethnography. Massoud shows how Somali activists acclaim, yet strategically manipulate, shari‘a to link nation, state, human rights, and inter-clan unity — perhaps even more so than the judicial institutions favored by the Western aid community.’

David D. Laitin

Stanford University

‘Whatever you understand about shari‘a, this insightful book will challenge it.’

Asifa Quraishi-Landes

University of Wisconsin, Madison

‘An invaluable, brave, and insightful contribution.’ 

American Political Science Association

Ralph J. Bunche Award citation

‘A powerful, important piece of scholarship [produced] through the expert use of multiple methods.’ 

American Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Distinguished Book Award citation

‘A remarkable new take on legal pluralism [and] the limits of secularism…Highly recommended.’ 

Choice

book cover for Law's Fragile State (2013)

2013
2014 – paperback

Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan

‘A remarkable piece of socio-legal scholarship [made] into an incredibly readable story.’

Law and Society Association

Herbert Jacob Prize citation

‘Challenges our assumptions about the notion that law promotes democracy and human rights … [an] insightful study.’

American Political Science Association

C. Herman Pritchett Award honorable mention citation

‘Well-researched … well-written [and] thought-provoking … Highly recommended.’

Choice

Law’s Fragile State invites us to interrogate exactly what we mean by the rule of law and what we expect it to accomplish.’

Sally Engle Merry

New York University

‘Insightful, sober, and forward-looking analysis of the practice of human rights.’

Abdullahi An-Na’im

Emory University

Articles

2021

Teaching Three Canons of International Law

Third World Approaches to International Law Review (Reflections) #28

2020

Sudan’s Rule of Law Revolution

Current History 119: 169-174

2019

Theology of the Rule of Law

Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 11(2-3): 485-491

2019

Islamic Law, Colonialism, and Mecca’s Shadow in the Horn of Africa

Journal of Africana Religions 7(1): 121-130

2018

How an Islamic State Rejected Islamic Law

American Journal of Comparative Law 66(3): 579-602

2018

Reflections on the Future of Global Legal Studies

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 25(2): 569-581

2016

Field Research on Law in Conflict Zones and Authoritarian States

Annual Review of Law and Social Science 12: 85-106

2015

Rethinking Shari’a: Voices of Islam in California

Boom: A Journal of California 5(4): 94-99 (with K. M. Moore)

2006

The Influence of International Law on Local Social Movements

Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research 31(1): 3-32

2006

Rights in a Failed State: Internally Displaced Women in Sudan and Their Lawyers

Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice 21: 2-12

Book Chapters

2020
University of Pennsylvania Press

Landscapes of Law in War-Torn Societies

in
Landscapes of Law: Practicing Sovereignty in Transnational Terrain

2019
Cambridge University Press

The Legal Profession’s Promise of Justice: Choices and Challenges in Legal and Socio-Legal Work

in
The Legal Process and the Promise of Justice: Studies Inspired by the Work of Malcolm Feeley

2016
Cambridge University Press

The Politics of Islamic Law and Human Rights: Sudan’s Rival Legal Systems

in
The New Legal Realism, Volume II: Studying Law Globally

2012
Cambridge University Press

Lawyers and the Disintegration of the Legal Complex in Sudan

in
Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex

Essays

2021

Muslim women are using Sharia to push for gender equality

The Conversation (reprinted in Seattle Post-Intelligencer, St. Louis Post, Salon, Yahoo, and other outlets)

2021

Interdisciplinary Interfaces: Theology and Law

Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

2021

Shari’a, Inshallah

Fifteeneightyfour, Cambridge University Press

2019

Don’t blame Sharia for Islamic extremism — blame colonialism

The Conversation (reprinted in San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, AP News, Yahoo, and other outlets)

2018

Is the South Sudan Power-Sharing Deal Bound to Fail?

The Africa Report

2015

Can Sudan Survive Another Term of Bashir’s Rule?

The Africa Report

2013

The Rule of Law in Sudan

Fifteeneightyfour, Cambridge University Press

2005

Returning the Rule of Law to Sudan

San Francisco Chronicle

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