Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • In “The Application of Maqasid Al-Shari’ah in the Foreign Policy of Islamic States” (International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 2021), Usman Safiyanu Duguri and others discuss the relevance of the objectives of Islamic law (maqāsid al-sharī’a) to how Muslim-majority nations formulate their foreign policies, with an added observation that maqāsid al-sharī’a can serve as a gap filler in today’s multilateral foreign policy world where most international treaties “neglect or contradict” these objectives of Islamic law.
  • In “Decolonial Translation: Destabilizing Coloniality in Secular Translations of Islamic Law” (Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 21/8), Lena Salaymeh (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies) provides an overview of colonialism’s distortion of the Islamic tradition and its influence in partly formulating our present-day understanding of the term sharī’a. 

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