Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • Leading scholars of Islamic law, including Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb, were invited by the University of Bergen for a roundtable on “the use and usefulness of the concepts of canonization and codification in Islamic legal studies.” The panels on canonization and codification, respectively, were held online and can be accessed here.
  • Sharia Law in the Twenty-First Century” (eds. Muhammad Khalid Masud (International Islamic University, Pakistan & Supreme Court of Pakistan) and Hana Jalloul Muro (Madrid Parliament, Spain)) gathers a carefully curated list of articles focusing on sharī’a “in the Western and Muslim legal traditions.”
  • In “When ‘Allahu Akbar’ Becomes a Crime: The Israeli Case” (Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law 18, no. 1 (2021)), Yael Efron (Zefat Academic College) and Mohammed S. Wattad (Zefat Academic College) examine the constitutionality of an Israeli law that criminalizes the use of public address systems in prayer houses, arguing that, although seemingly neutral, the law is in fact tailored specifically to the Islamic call for prayer.

On Islam and data science:

  • In “The contribution of Islam to planetary health” (The Lancet: Planetary Health 5, no. 6 (2021)), Omnia El Omrani (Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine, Egypt) et al. use various statistical figures to demonstrate that the Qur’ān can be read as “an ecoeducational resource.”

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