Marion Holmes Katz is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her research revolves around issues of Islamic law, gender, and ritual. Her publications include Body of Text: The Emergence of the Sunni Law of Ritual Purity (SUNY Press, 2002), The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: Devotional Piety in Sunni Islam(Routledge, 2007), Prayer in Islamic Thought and Practice (Cambridge, 2013), and Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her current book, Wives and Work: Islamic Law and Ethics before Modernity, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
The school of Talal Asad has identified virtue ethics as the primary model constituting the continuity of premodern Muslim thought with movements of the modern period. But is this model really the most characteristic common denominator of premodern Islamic thought?