Professor Justin Jones

Research Interests:

A historian by training, my research interests relate to religious and social transformation within Islam in the Indian subcontinent since c.1850. My work engages themes such as the changing role of the modern ‘ulama (Islamic scholars), new kinds of popular religious writing, and modern forms of Muslim public organisation and religio-political activism. I have conducted most of my research in north India, where I have worked in and through a number of contemporary Islamic educational and religious organisations.

Much of my research to date has focused upon Shi‘i Islam in South Asia, assessing themes such as Shi‘i revivalism, new forms of Shi‘i piety and ideas of martyrdom, and also relations between Shi‘i and Sunni Muslims. I am also working on a major new project concerning the living realities of Islamic law (shari‘a) in modern India, focusing in particular on how Islamic scholars have sought to perpetuate their legal authority and contemporary influence. I also sustain active research interests in: Islam and the urban public sphere; Islamic domestic comportment and the regulation of the Muslim family; and ideas of Islamic migration (hijrat) and their political applications among South Asian Muslims.

Teaching:  

At Oxford, I teach broadly across both contemporary Islam and the contemporary study of world religions. I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students.

General Interests:

Islamic revivalism and reform in the modern world; Islamic law; religious authority and authenticity within Islam; religion, Orientalism and imperialism; Western readings of religion, especially in the age of European empires; religion, nationalism and politics in modern South Asia (especially with regard to Islam and Hinduism); religion and conflict in South Asia.

Select Publications

  • Islamic Family Law in Europe and the Islamic World: Current Situation and Challenges (Special Issue)

    Edited by:
    JONES, J, Khalfaoui, M
  • Reformulating Muslim Matrimony: Islamic Marriage and Divorce in the Contemporary United Kingdom and Europe

    Edited by:
    JONES, J, Shanneik, Y
  • Reformulating Muslim Matrimony: Islamic Marriage and Divorce in the Contemporary United Kingdom and Europe - Foreword

    JONES, J, Shanneik, Y
  • Muslim Alternative Dispute Resolution: Tracing the Pathways of Islamic Legal Practice Between South Asia and Contemporary Britain

    JONES, J
  • Khandan-i-Ijtihad: Genealogy, History and Authority in a Household of 'Ulama in Modern South Asia

    JONES, J
  • To register or not to register? Reflections on Muslim marriage practices in Britain.

    JONES, J, Ali, SS, Shahid, A
    Edited by:
    Rohe, M, Ademi, C
  • Towards a Muslim Family Law Act? Debating Muslim Women's Rights and the Codification of Personal Laws in India

    JONES, J
  • 'Acting upon our religion': Muslim women's movements and the remodelling of Islamic practice in India

    JONES, J
  • India: why a new law criminalising Muslim ‘instant divorce’ has divided feminists

    JONES, J
  • Muslim Marriage and Divorce Practices in Contemporary Britain

    JONES, J, Ali, S
    Edited by:
    JONES, J
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