Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • A California Court of Appeals refused to apply Iranian law in a case involving a plaintiff whose work in Iran exposed him to high levels of asbestos, reasoning that Iranian law reflects religious ideology instead of economic interest.
  • The All India Muslim Personal Law Board issued a statement urging Muslims in India to adhere to Islamic law during marriage ceremonies, cautioning them against extravagance, among others.
  • Caizcoin, derived from the Arabic word jā’iz (permissible), is a recently established, “decentralized financial platform and cryptocurrency that offers quick, safe, and economical international money transfers.”
  • As Egypt recently moved mummies of Egyptian kings and queens to its National Museum in a parade that attracted worldwide attention, Islamic law scholar Dr. Ahmad Karima (Al Azhar University) argued that digging graves is contrary to Islamic law, unless for a scientific purpose and unless reburial is performed in a quick manner.
  • Mustafa Akyol recently wrote for the New York Times, describing the Islamic influence on Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, which was inspired, in part, from Ibn Tufayl‘s, Alive, the Son of Awake, a twelfth century Arabic novel.
  • Debate has intensified in Kenya over who will succeed the incumbent chief Islamic judge (or chief qāḍī) whose term expires in a few months.

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