Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • In “An Unlikely Champion of Women’s Rights under Muslim Personal Law: Mawdudi on Anglo-Muhammadan Law,” Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournalShahbaz Ahmad Cheema analyzes Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi’s book Huquq al-Zawjayn written during British Raj, which has generated debates in the post-colonial legal landscape of Pakistan on issues related to women’s rights in marriage. The author argues that, despite being a “gender insensitive/women unfriendly scholar, Mawdudi is regarded as one of the founding fathers of political Islam in the modern era.”
  • In a recent issue of the International Journal of Middle East StudiesNora Lafi reviews Yuval Ben-Bassat’s Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine. Lafi puts Ben-Bassat’s analysis of the role of petitions in late-Ottoman procedures in conversation with other archival resources, such as the records of qāḍī courts.

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