::Roundtable:: Islamic Legal History & Historiography

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In light of recent developments in the field, we convened this Roundtable on Islamic Legal History and Historiography to take stock of myriad changes developments in approaches to the study of Islamic law and legal history. We invited leading and emerging scholars of Islamic law and history to weigh in on their approaches to questions … Continue reading ::Roundtable:: Islamic Legal History & Historiography

Field Guide to Islamic Law Online

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The Field Guide to Islamic Law Online, in the form of a Google document, is a collection of resource links and annotations to SHARIAsource and other Harvard resources, global online digital resources, and a robust “Digital Islamic Law Collection.” We recently added exciting resources to this list: University of Michigan Islamic Manuscripts contains numerous "[d]igitized … Continue reading Field Guide to Islamic Law Online

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Faith Among Black Americans," (Pew Research Center, 2021), Besheer Mohamed and his colleagues discuss the findings of a survey involving more than 8,600 Black American adults, according to which "3% belong to non-Christian faiths, the most common of which is Islam." In another recent study entitled "Large Majority of the Public Views Prosecution of … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "The Application of Maqasid Al-Shari’ah in the Foreign Policy of Islamic States" (International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 2021), Usman Safiyanu Duguri and others discuss the relevance of the objectives of Islamic law (maqāsid al-sharī'a) to how Muslim-majority nations formulate their foreign policies, with an added observation that maqāsid al-sharī'a … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Thank you, Nada Moumtaz!

Thank you, Nada Moumtaz, for joining us as guest blog editor throughout April. In case you missed any of her blog posts, here they are: Calling All Waqf Haters Late Ottoman Beiruti Waqfs: Closeness to God (Qurba) and Charity for the Family Waqf and the Modern State, Capitalism, and the Private Property Regime Waqf as … Continue reading Thank you, Nada Moumtaz!

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

As Somalia continues to debate over what to include in its new constitution and when to hold a referendum on it, women's rights have emerged as a divisive point of discussion among the country's politicians. A former member of the Central Bank of Nigeria has urged the institution to establish a special tribunal to resolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Commentarial Ocean

By Mahmood Kooria The postclassical commentarial literature of Islamic law, once ignored for being repetitive and inauthentic, now has been receiving considerable scholarly attention. Through the processes of canonization, codification, regionalization, synthesis and transregional connections; forms such as core texts, commentaries, supercommentaries, autocommentaries, glosses, translations and summaries; and contents such as substantive laws, contextual selections … Continue reading Commentarial Ocean

Welcome to our May Guest Blogger: Mahmood Kooria

It is our pleasure to welcome Mahmood Kooria as our May guest blog editor. Mahmood Kooria holds research positions at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and University of Bergen (Norway), and is a Visiting Faculty of History at Ashoka University (India). Earlier he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) … Continue reading Welcome to our May Guest Blogger: Mahmood Kooria

May DILL Student Comment :: Zainab Hashmi

The Islamic Law Blog is continuing to feature Harvard student comments on primary sources related to Islamic law. Our student editor for May is Zainab Hashmi (JD'20), a recent graduate of Harvard Law School. We regularly feature a series of three comments written by a student in the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL), an incubator … Continue reading May DILL Student Comment :: Zainab Hashmi

Field Guide to Islamic Law Online

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The Field Guide to Islamic Law Online, in the form of a Google document, is a collection of resource links and annotations to SHARIAsource and other Harvard resources, global online digital resources, and a robust “Digital Islamic Law Collection.” We recently added exciting resources to this list: Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online, based in London, "comprises … Continue reading Field Guide to Islamic Law Online