::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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Amazon has been criticized for selling burqas, in the wake of Afghanistan‘s capture by Taliban forces who have made it compulsory for women to wear the burqa under their interpretation of Islamic law. Taliban has banned women from taking the national university entrance exam. One scholar has called this move and others “liberticidal measures” against… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “Moral Authority in Islamic Law: A Reflection of Khaled Abou Fadel” (GeoTimes, January 19, 2023), Rifqi Nurdiansyah, reviewing Fadel’s life and scholarship, writes: “Abou Fadel, born into traditionalist Sunni Islam, reconstructed the perception of Islamic law with a social context which inspired by western approach. “ Influential Islamic scholar Sheikh Rashaad died at 96.… CONTINUE READING

Welcome to our February Guest Blogger: Aaron Rock-Singer

Aaron Rock-Singer is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a research focus on 20th century Islamic movements and states. He uses the tools of social and intellectual history to trace the emergence and performance of particular projects of piety and, more broadly, the ways in which men and women employ their bodies to … Continue reading Welcome to our February Guest Blogger: Aaron Rock-Singer

Thank you, Marina Rustow, Amel Bensalim, and Athina Pfeiffer!

Thank you, Marina Rustow and Ph.D. students, Amel Bensalim and Athina Pfeiffer, for joining us as guest blog editors in January. In case you missed their blog posts, here they are: Are Medieval Arabic Judicial Documents as Opaque as They Look? (Rustow) Why I No Longer Use the Term “Qāḍī-Court Documents” (Rustow) Getting to know … Continue reading Thank you, Marina Rustow, Amel Bensalim, and Athina Pfeiffer!

Documents of Sale as Living Objects

By Athina Pfeiffer Professor Marina Rustow's note: "Having been asked twice now to contribute to the ILB, I’ve been making my way into the corpus of Islamic notarial documents preserved in Cairo Geniza. In the hope of understanding them better, I taught a PhD seminar on them in Fall 2022. Two of my students, Amel … Continue reading Documents of Sale as Living Objects

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that overturning restrictions against women is not a priority for the group.” The United Nations said that Taliban is divided on the issue. “Nine men were lashed in public in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday [January 17, 2023] as punishment for different crimes under the country’s new rulers,… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “De-Europeanisation as Counter-conduct: The Case of Non-Muslim Religious Minorities in Turkey” (Romanian Journal of International Affairs 22, no. 2 (2022)), Serap Gunes (Masaryk University) “analyse[s] the dynamics through which the Turkish government seeks to uproot and reverse the Europeanisation in minority rights, and how this counter-conduct works in the case of Armenian community.” In… CONTINUE READING

Resource Roundup: Islamic Criminal Law

By Intisar Rabb Discussions of and attention to Islamic criminal law in recent times have revolved almost exclusively around press coverage relating to excessively harsh interpretations of Islamic criminal law or shar?'a, often with little to no religious or historical precedent. To set the record straight: Islamic criminal law refers to and should be understood … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Islamic Criminal Law

Islamic Criminal Law in the News Roundup

We at the Islamic Law Blog publish weekly "Islamic Law in the News Roundups," where we curate news about Islamic criminal law, on an ongoing basis. We note increasing news of excessively harsh interpretations and applications. This resource roundup is designed to place some of the history and politics of those interpretations and applications in … Continue reading Islamic Criminal Law in the News Roundup

Getting to know iqrārs

By Amel Bensalim Professor Marina Rustow's note: "Having been asked twice now to contribute to the ILB, I’ve been making my way into the corpus of Islamic notarial documents preserved in Cairo Geniza. In the hope of understanding them better, I taught a PhD seminar on them in Fall 2022. Two of my students, Amel … Continue reading Getting to know iqrārs