Joseph Lowry is a specialist in Islamic law, Arabic literature, and classical Islamic thought. He is the author, among other works, of  Early Islamic Legal Theory: the Risala of Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i  (E. J. Brill, 2007) and the editor (with D. Stewart and S. Toorawa) of Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi (E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2005) and (with D. Stewart) of Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II: 1350-1850 (Harrasowitz, 2009).