Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • Eid festivities have been halted in Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes.
  • International Union of Muslim Scholars recently convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine and its implications on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Governor of California appointed Santa Barbara councilwoman and past Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (ILSP) fellow Meagan Harmon to Coastal Commission.
  • The Saudi King and the crown prince have recently registered as organ donors in a move to demonstrate the permissibility of organ donation in Islam.
  • Iran‘s Expediency Council, the constitutional body tasked with settling disputes between the nation’s parliament and its constitutional court-like Guardian Council, approved “the establishment of seven free trade zones and 13 special economic zones.”
  • Despite Russian federal law having a preference for mothers in custody cases, in Muslim-majority parts of the country such as Chechnya and Ingushetia, where customs usually dictate that custody of children be given to the father, deep-rooted traditions and laws continue to clash.

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