Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to cut interest rates, arguing that the cut is also in line with Islamic law.
  • In a recent interview, one of the few female judges in Palestine, Kholoud al-Faqeeh, commenting on religious courts and women, stated: “A woman’s whole life cycle is before these courts.”
  • A federal judge allowed a Muslim inmate to proceed with his claim that the Colorado Department of Corrections violated his religious freedom by cancelling his religious diet.
  • Ayatollah Mostafa Mohaghegh-Damad, a professor of Islamic law at Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, stated that it was bad for government money to be given to Islamic seminaries: “Today one of the problems of the seminary is its dependence on the government.”
  • The life and accomplishments of Justice A.R Cornelius, a former Chief Justice of Pakistan, were recently celebrated at a book launching event titled after the book, Justice A.R. Cornelius: A Constitutionalist.
  • In India, a bill that would raise the age of marriage for women to a minimum of 21, has received mix responses from the country’s Muslim community, with some Muslims expressing approval.
  • In this year’s Dubai Expo, Indonesia has made an emphasis on its Islamic finance product offerings, with discussions by Indonesian ministers and bureaucrats on Indonesia’s potential as a global hub for the Islamic finance market.
  • The National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul reopened its doors since the Taliban came to power, a move that some commentators have argued shows greater tolerance on the part of the Taliban toward art.
  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, meeting to address the situation in Afghanistan, resolved to arrange for a group of Islamic scholars to engage with the Taliban to ensure “toleration and moderation in Islam, equal access to education and women’s rights in Islam.”

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 Nigeria in the early 2000s, rumors had spread that the polio vaccine campaign was a “cover to sterilize the country’s Muslim population,” which might help explain some of the vaccine hesitancy in the country.


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.
  • Position opening: Senior Preceptor in Digital History, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Deadline: January 21, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: PIL–LC Research Fellowship Application, 2022-2023. Deadline: January 31, 2022.
  • Call for Fellowship Applications: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 2022-2023. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • 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: Middle East Studies Association 2022 Panels. Deadline: January 10, 2022.
  • Position opening: University Professor of Islamic Studies (Classical Islam), the Free University of Berlin. Deadline: January 20, 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.
  • Research Associate: The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History. Deadline: March 31, 2022.
  • Persian Language Summer School by Aspirantum, Yerevan (Armenia), July 3, 2022 – August 27, 2022. Deadline: April 21, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: 2022 Temple Bar Scholarship. Deadline: April 30, 2022.
  • Workshop: Intertextuality in Islamic and Jewish Law, June 21-23, 2022, University of Muenster.
  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 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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