Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • Ashraf Booley argues that Tunisia should be seen as the vanguard of women-friendly legislation in the Arab world in “Progressive Realisation of Muslim Family Law: The Case of Tunisia,” Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, (originally published in Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, Vol. 22, 2019).
  • In the chapter “Islamist Turn in Turkey, State Transnationalism and Transnational Islamist Unofficial Law,” Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, Ihsan Yilmaz argues that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been actively pursuing strategies of transnational Islamist populism and heavily resorting to state transnationalism with the intention of exporting their composite ideology to Turkish diasporas throughout the world. This study also offers preliminary findings on the impact that these fatwas have had on domestic Turks and Turks of the diaspora, and how the justification of the government’s wrongdoings through fatwas have affected Turkish people, including leading to an increase of radicalism.
  • Beng Hui Tan explores the treatment of LGBT individuals in Malaysia in “The LGBT Quandary in New Malaysia,” Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, (originally published in Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 20, No. 1, article 15, 2019). This article argues that the current official response to LGBT individuals is heavily influenced by the legacy of the previous regime: restrictive laws; politicised ethnicity and religion; and an ethically-challenged media.

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