Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • As talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue, the US peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad‘s proposal circulated to both parties includes “a High Council for Islamic Jurisprudence,” to advise ordinary courts as to matters involving the interpretation of Islamic law.
  • Austrian Muslims have planned to sue the Austrian government under the leadership of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for unveiling an “Islam map” that identifies key Muslim sites throughout the country, including mosques and Muslim associations.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron warned officials from Mali that France would withdraw French troops from the country if it continued down the part of “radical Islamism.”
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a landmark mosque in Taksim (Istanbul) on the site and during the anniversary of mass anti-government protests (Gezi Park protests) that took place in 2013.
  • The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University recently announced the 2021 thesis prize winners, selected among numerous undergraduate and PhD theses submitted.

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