Jocelyn Hendrickson


Assistant Professor

Phone: 780.492.4772
Office: 2-53 Tory Building
Mailing Address: History and Classics
University of Alberta
2-28 Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4


Ph.D. Emory University (2009)
M.A. University of Ulster (2003 cum laude)
B.A. University of Washington (1999 cum laude)

Research & Publications



Expertise & Research Interests:

  • Islamic law and society
  • Medieval and early modern North Africa and Iberia

My research focuses on Islamic legal history in medieval and early modern North Africa (the Maghrib) and al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia). I am particularly interested in the construction and maintenance of authoritative legal opinions, the relationships between legal and literary genres, and legal opinions (fatwas) regarding Christian-Muslim relations during and after the twelfth-to-fifteenth century Christian "Reconquest" of Iberia and expansion into North Africa. My first book project, Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in the Medieval Western Mediterranean, explores North African and Iberian legal discourses concerning Muslims living under Christian rule.

I have received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for preliminary research toward my next book project, “Pilgrimage on the Periphery: Performance and Prohibition of the Hajj in the Medieval Islamic West.”

Fields of Graduate Supervision

  • Islamic Legal History
  • Muslim Iberia
  • Medieval and Early Modern North Africa