The Program in Islamic Law is Hiring

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is recruiting for two positions: Associate Director. PIL is recruiting a Cambridge-based Associate Director with top-notch research, development, and program management skills to administer the Program, with particular emphasis on building its online portal combining Islamic law and data science / AI.  Associate Director details. Software Engineer. PIL at Harvard Law … Continue reading The Program in Islamic Law is Hiring

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 16

SSRN's logo featuring the letters "S" "S" "R" "N" in capital letters

This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Sharīʿa Supervisory Boards, Governance Structures and Operational Risk Disclosures: Evidence from Islamic Banks in MENA Countries" by Ahmed Elamer, Collins Ntim, Hussein Abdou, and Chris Pyke This paper examines the impact of Sharīʿa supervisory board (SSB) and governance structures on the extent of operational risk disclosures (ORDs), … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 16

Recent Scholarship: Coşgel and Ergene on Ottoman Justice

The Economics of Ottoman Justice: Settlement and Trial in the Sharia Courts by Metin Coşgel, University of Connecticut and Boğaç Ergene, University of Vermont published. From the publisher: During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Ottoman Empire endured long periods of warfare, facing intense financial pressures and new international mercantile and monetary trends. The Empire also experienced major political-administrative restructuring and socioeconomic transformations. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Coşgel and Ergene on Ottoman Justice

Forum Reply: Tamir Moustafa on “Constituting Religion”

"The Immanent Frame" recently published Tamir Moustafa's reply to a forum on his book Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge, 2018). In his reply, he outlines the ways in which the co-constitutive dynamics of law, religion, politics, and society are complex. Here is an excerpt of his reply: I want to thank everyone who … Continue reading Forum Reply: Tamir Moustafa on “Constituting Religion”

Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Sohaira Siddiqui, Georgetown University Qatar, recently published "Navigating Colonial Power: Challenging Precedents and the Limitation of Local Elites" in Islamic Law and Society 26:3 (13 June 2019), 1-41. "In 1869, the British allowed Muslims to sit as judges on the High Court. This article explores the legal opinions of the first Muslim judge to be appointed to the High Court, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Commentary :: Criminalization of Triple Ṭalāq in India: A Dilemma for Religiously Divorced but Legally Married Muslim Women

Photograph of Indian flag flowing in the wind

By Zubair Abbasi India’s legislature has criminalized instant divorce (triple ṭalāq) through the enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. This piece of legislation is a result of the Supreme Court judgment in the Shayara Bano case two years ago. In this judgment, the Court declared the practice of triple … Continue reading Commentary :: Criminalization of Triple Ṭalāq in India: A Dilemma for Religiously Divorced but Legally Married Muslim Women

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 7

SSRN's logo featuring the letters "S" "S" "R" "N" in capital letters

This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Muslims and Sacred Texts and Laws" by Ihsan Yilmaz Like secular law, Islamic law also deals with matters of social, political, and economic interaction. This includes marriage, divorce, inheritance, criminal offenses, contracts, commercial transactions, constitutional law, and international law; basically, paralleling the secular law … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 7

Recent Scholarship: Rubin on the Passage of Ottoman Law into the Modern Era

Ottoman Rule of Law and the Modern Political Trial: The Yildiz Case "In 1876, a recently dethroned sultan, Abdülaziz, was found dead in his chambers, the veins in his arm slashed. Five years later, a group of Ottoman senior officials stood a criminal trial and were found guilty for complicity in his murder. Among the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Rubin on the Passage of Ottoman Law into the Modern Era

Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

The blog "Law and Other Things" recently featured a book review of Governing Islam: Law, Empire and Secularism in South Asia (2018), written by Jeffrey Redding. The book, authored by Julia Stephens, explores the colonial underpinnings of contemporary struggles between Islam and secularism in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Here is an excerpt of the book review: Stephens’ … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

Registration Open :: Political Theology Network Conference

"Political Theology” covers a multidisciplinary field of research that engages the unwieldy relationship between religion and politics out of a desire for justice. At the Political Theology Network Conference, we extend this engagement by bringing together scholars, activists, artists, and religious leaders working both inside and outside the academy. This year’s conference will take place … Continue reading Registration Open :: Political Theology Network Conference