Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • After retiring from the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon launched a successful career in real estate, all the while avoiding borrowing money for his acquisitions that would result in paying or charging interest, which contradicts his faith.
  • Al Barakeh Wheat – a project founded by two Jordanians – teaches people how to cultivate their own wheat, while ensuring that 10% of the produce is allocated as zakāt for those in need.
  • Members of the Hazara ethnicity in Afghanistan have alleged that they were being persecuted by the Taliban who has been forcing them out of their land, while the Taliban state that evictions, when they happen, occur as a result of a ruling from a sharī’a court.

For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb‘s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.


  • A Taliban official recently made a statement on women healthcare workers working at healthcare facilities alongside men at a time when facilities are inundated with requests due to COVID-19, commenting that “[w]hen it is necessary, Islamic law permits [women working along with men].”
  • In a recent opinion piece titled “COVID-19 Vaccination Battle in the Middle East: Is It a ‘Hālāl’ Vaccine?” Dr. Mohamed ‘Arafa (Alexandria University, Faculty of Law, Egypt) made the argument that the pandemic and the Muslim jurists’ response to it constitutes evidence to sharī’a‘s adaptability to novel circumstances.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Lecture Series: A Society in Transition: Property and Law in Arabic Documents from Toledo (11th-14th Centuries), First Session on October 18, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor Specializing in Middle Eastern or North African History, University of Dayton, Ohio, History. Deadline: October 18, 2021.
  • Joint Seminar: “Can the consent required for a religious divorce be secured by state coercion?,” Cambridge Socio-Legal Group/Cambridge Family Law on October 19, 2021.
  • Public Lecture: “From the Cover Inwards: A Conservator’s Approach to Reading Bound Manuscripts” by Yasmeen Khan, Head of the Paper Conservation at the Library of Congress, October 21, 2021 @ 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Webinar: Paul Love on “Three Moons, Water Buffalo Skins, & Digital Codicology: Snapshots of Ibadi Muslim Manuscript Cultures in North Africa,” School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco on October 22, 2021.
  • Conference Panel: “An Islamic Version of The Dred Scott Problem: Has Slavery Always Been an Evil in Islamic Law or Have Juristic Sentiments Evolved?,” University of Wisconsin Law School on October 22, 2021.
  • AALS Islamic Law “Half Baked” Ideas Workshop on October 22, 2021.
  • Call for Applications: Research Associate – PersDoc Project, Oxford University. Deadline: October 22, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: “The X Islamic Legal Studies Conference,”International Society of Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS), London, May 19-21, 2022. Deadline: October 31, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: Legal Histories of Empire, Maynooth University, June 29 – July 1, 2022. Deadline: October 31, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor – Historian of Early Islam until 1250, University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. Deadline: November 1, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Middle East History, Utah University, July 2022. Deadline: November 5, 2021.
  • Call for Workshop: Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, The Law and Society Association, Summer 2022. Deadline: November 10, 2021.
  • AALS Islamic Law Webinar with Simonetta Calderini – Women as Imams on November 12, 2021.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History, William & Mary University. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
  • Call for Papers: Comparative Law Work-In-Progress Workshop, University of Illinois College of Law, February 3-5, 2022. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
  • Call for Proposals: Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association Special Issue on Digital Ottoman Studies. Deadline: December 1, 2021.
  • Position opening: Wesleyan University, Art and Art History: Assistant Professor, in the arts and material culture of Africa. Deadline: Applications completed by December 1, 2021 will receive full consideration.
  • Position opening: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Princeton University. Deadline: December 10, 2021.
  • Call for Contributions: “Literary Snippets: Colophons Across Space and Time,” Institute for Advanced Study, April 1, 2022. Deadline: December 15, 2021.
  • Position opening: Open Rank Tenure Track Position, Islamic Art History, Pomona College, July 1, 2022. Deadline: January 1, 2022.
  • Short-Term Fellowships: New-York Historical Society, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Deadline: January 6, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: “The Middle Ages as a Digital Experience,” Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, April 21-23, 2022. Deadline: January 31, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Scholars of Places, Movement and Cultural Practices Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi. Deadline: until the position is filled.

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