Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • In their first news conference following the capture of Kabul (Afghanistan), the Taliban vowed to respect women’s rights “within the framework of Islamic law.”  Islamic law is a multifaceted concept, subject to many and varied interpretations.  The Islamic Law Blog and SHARIAsource collectively provide content and context relating to Islamic law.  For a concise introduction to the definition of Islamic law, consult the Ottoman History Podcast’s podcast entitled “What is Islamic Law?,” featuring, among other scholars, our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb.  For a scholarly yet accessible take on what Islamic law is and isn’t, which aims to dispel impoverished notions of the term, see Asifa Quraishi-Landes‘ opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled “Five myths about sharia.”
  • Pakistan‘s Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib, recently stated that he believed Islamic calligraphy was an effective tool to spread the message of Islam.
  • Referring to Islamic law protections afforded to non-Muslim minorities, Chairman of Pakistan‘s People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, stated that “Islam teaches us that it is our collective responsibility as being the Muslims to protect the rights of the non-Muslims who live in our country.”

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