Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Muslims in America continue to make extended trips to purchase meat that is prepared for consumption according to Islamic law.
  • Mohamad Sawwaf, CEO of Canadian Islamic finance startup Manzil, recently stated in an interview that lack of knowledge on Islamic law is an important setback to the startup ecosystem in Canada.
  • Conservative lawmakers in Iran introduced a bill that would ban many pets as against Islamic values, with the bill’s supporters arguing that pets “gradually change the Iranian and Islamic way of life” by deemphasizing the importance of family relationships.
  • The United Arab Emirates announced that it would change the workweek to be Monday through Friday, abandoning the Islamic workweek where Friday and Saturday are considered the weekend.
  • The Taliban recently held a meeting with Islamic scholars to discuss the role of women in government, which some female Muslim activists criticized on grounds that women scholars were not invited to the meeting.

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.


  • In Montenegro where religious communities remain skeptical of vaccinations, Muslim community leaders have been the exception, with Reis Rifat Fejzic, the head of the Islamic Community of Montenegro, an independent religious organization with a century-old history, stating: “Our call is always for people to listen to the voice of science, and [that is to] get vaccinated.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Position opening: Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard College Library. Deadline: January 3, 2022.
  • Fellowships: Program on Law & Society in the Muslim World, Harvard Law School, 2022-2023. Deadline: January 15, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: PIL–LC Research Fellowship Application, 2022-2023. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • Call for Contributions: “Literary Snippets: Colophons Across Space and Time,” Institute for Advanced Study, April 1, 2022. Deadline: December 15, 2021.
  • Call for Applications: American Druze Foundation Fellowship at Georgetown University. Deadline: December 15, 2021.
  • Call for Proposals: Unfreedom in the Premodern World: Comparative Perspectives on Slavery, Servitude & Captivity. Deadline: December 17, 2021.
  • Position opening: Open Rank Tenure Track Position, Islamic Art History, Pomona College, July 1, 2022. Deadline: January 1, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor, History of the Islamic World The Department of History at Central Connecticut State University. Deadline: January 1, 2022.
  • Short-Term Fellowships: New-York Historical Society, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Deadline: January 6, 2022.
  • Position opening: Lehigh University, History Department Lawrence Henry Gipson Chair in Transnational History. Deadline: January 7, 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.
  • Call for Applications: Research Fellowship, Kamel Center at Yale Law School, 2022-2023. Deadline: January 31, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Theory and Practice of Rebellion, Hamburg, September 22-24, 2022. Deadline: February 1, 2022.
  • Persian Language Summer School by Aspirantum, Yerevan (Armenia), July 3, 2022 – August 27, 2022. Deadline: April 21, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Tennessee, Fall 2022. Deadline: until an appointment is made.
  • Position opening: Columbia University, The Department of Art History and Archaeology Barbara Stoler Miller Assistant Professor, Indian and South Asian Art History. 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.
  • Research Project: Historian/Researcher – Tudor Period/Elizabethan Era, and the Ottoman Empire during the Suleiman the Magnificent Period. Deadline: until the position is filled.

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