Islamic Law at MESA 2022! (A PIL Guide)

The Program in Islamic Law (PIL) has curated a list of panels from the Middle East Studies Association's (MESA) 2022 Annual Meeting schedule that are related to Islamic law and history, and data science. MESA's fifty-sixth annual meeting will be held between December 1 - 4, 2022. The full program is available here. Register here. … Continue reading Islamic Law at MESA 2022! (A PIL Guide)

::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law

By Intisar Rabb & Umut Özsu What do we know about the history of international law in the Islamic world? We asked a select group of historians and legal scholars to explore this understudied field of history, as part of the Cambridge History of International Law series. As editors of volume eight of that series, … Continue reading ::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “Litigious Zeal” (Inquest, November 22, 2022), SpearIt (University of Pittsburgh) explores how Muslim prisoners in the United States “sue religiously” and argues that Muslim prisoner litigation has resulted in reforms for prisoner rights in the country. In “General Principles of Business Contracts in Islamic Law” (in Institutional Islamic Economics and Finance, ed. Ahsan Shafiq,… CONTINUE READING

::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Ottoman Empire: War and Peace” by Will Smiley and Aimee Genell

Summarized by Hadi Qazwini This post is part of the Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law.  It is a summary of Will Smiley and Aimee Genell's and contribution titled "Ottoman Empire: War and Peace" to volume eight of the Cambridge History of International Law series, co-edited by Intisar Rabb and Umut Özsu. Will … Continue reading ::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Ottoman Empire: War and Peace” by Will Smiley and Aimee Genell

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “A Saudi national has been sentenced to death for smuggling banned amphetamine tablets near the country’s northern border with Jordan, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday citing the Ministry of Interior.” “Nineteen people in northeastern Afghanistan were lashed for adultery, theft and running away from home, a Supreme Court official said Sunday.” “The lashings… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “On the History of the Princeton University Library Collection of Islamic Manuscripts” (Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, September 26, 2022), Garrett Davidson (The College of Charleston USA Charleston, SC) “traces the development of the sub-collections, studies the collectors who built them, their methods and sources, and tells the stories of their collections’ journeys to Princeton,” including those… CONTINUE READING

::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Dispute Settlement in the Medieval Islamic World” by Mathieu Tillier

Summarized by Rami Koujah This post is part of the Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law.  It is a summary of Mathieu Tillier's contribution titled "Dispute Settlement in the Medieval Islamic World" to volume eight of the Cambridge History of International Law series, co-edited by Intisar Rabb and Umut Özsu. Mathieu Tillier’s chapter … Continue reading ::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Dispute Settlement in the Medieval Islamic World” by Mathieu Tillier

CnC Spotlight: Mairaj Syed

The Courts & Canons (CnC) Project at SHARIAsource leverages data science tools to explore questions in Islamic law and society historically through mapping the controversies and values reflected in courts (from taʾrīkh, ṭabaqāt) and legal canons (qawāʿid fiqhiyya). We experiment with ways in which the data science tools we are developing at SHARIAsource (CnC Qayyim) can aid in … Continue reading CnC Spotlight: Mairaj Syed

::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Markets and the Making of the Islamic World” by Fahad A. Bishara

Summarized by Hadi Qazwini This post is part of the Roundtable on the History of Islamic International Law.  It is a summary of Fahad A. Bishara's contribution titled "Markets and the Making of the Islamic World" to volume eight of the Cambridge History of International Law series, co-edited by Intisar Rabb and Umut Özsu. Fahad … Continue reading ::Roundtable:: History of Islamic International Law: “Markets and the Making of the Islamic World” by Fahad A. Bishara

Welcome to our Research Editor, Hadi Qazwini!

Please welcome our new Research Editor, Hadi Qazwini! Hadi Qazwini is an educator and researcher. His scholarly interests are in Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on theology, law, and Imami Shiʿism. He completed a PhD in Religious and Islamic Studies at the University of Southern California. His dissertation, titled “The Islamic Debate on Juristic In/Fallibility … Continue reading Welcome to our Research Editor, Hadi Qazwini!

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law that include public executions, stonings and floggings, and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban’s chief spokesman said.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In Maqasid Al-Shari’ah as Philosophy of Islamic Law: A Systems Approach (The International Institute of Islamic Thought 2022), Jasser Auda (Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Qatar) proposes a new theory to categorize theories for Islamic law. In “A seat at the table: Islamic laws neglected potential in universalising international humanitarian law” (in Human… CONTINUE READING