Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • Egypt‘s fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women’s rights in Islam.
  • In “What is and isnt’ Shariah?,” Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī’a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility.
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet recently stated that credible reports were being received by the UN that demonstrated that the Taliban in Afghanistan was not keeping to their promise of not exacting retaliation on affiliates of the former regime and of upholding women’s rights “within the Taliban’s interpretation of Islamic law.”

On COVID-19 and Islamic law:

  • After a suspension of nearly two years due to the pandemic, Saudi authorities announced that sessions for memorization of the Qur’ān will resume in the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.

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