Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • Turkey’s highest administrative court declares that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia will be a Muslim mosque. 
  • Imam Tawhidi of the Islamic Association of South Australia writes that converting Turkey’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a violation of Islamic law. 
  • Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Council, the authority that oversees compliance with Islamic law in finance, declares that digital assets trading is permissible.
  • In Mali, the ex-head of the Islamic police in Timbuktu stands trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.
  • Sudan‘s Minister of Justice, Nasreldin Abdelbari, announces several legal amendments such as permitting non-Muslims to consume alcohol, banning female genital mutilation (FGM), no longer requiring women to retrieve permits from male family members inorder to travel abroad, and decriminalizing apostosy. Abdelbari notes that the amendments aim to align Sudan’s criminal laws with the 2019 Constitutional Declaration, which stipulates how Sudan will be governed during the 39-month transitional period that started in August 2019.

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