ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS
- The new leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama‘s new chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf, expressed his willingness to fight extremism by focusing on traditional Islamic legal doctrine, particularly on the issue of apostasy.
- Recent surveys have suggested that roughly one out of five Muslims is in an interfaith marriage, despite many imāms’ unwillingness to approve of such marriages.
- The Arctic Institute recently published a piece covering the northernmost mosque in the world, the Nord Kamal Mosque in Norilsk (Russia) and the latitudinal challenges its congregation faces, including how geography affects prayer times and fasting periods.
- Sheikh Musa Drammeh, a religious leader in the Bronx area, commented that the Bronx community “have gone through so much” following the deadly fire that killed 17 people, including eight children, adding that the Muslim relatives of some of the deceased, in observance of Islamic law, were dealing with cleansing and burying the bodies as soon as possible.
- Scholars in Britain have started to urge the government to reform the institution of marriage so as to accommodate a more multicultural Britain, including recognition of Islamic and interfaith marriages.
- Saudi Arabia‘s Ministry of Justice has announced its new technology platform for service management, which aims to “provide over 80 percent of its services electronically.”
- One of Indonesia‘s largest non-governmental Islamic organizations, The Tarjih Council and the Central Executive Tajdid of Muhammadiyah, issued a new fatwā against cryptocurrencies.
- S&P‘s 2022 global ratings predicted that the market for raising capital in accordance with principles of Islamic law will expand 10 to 12% this year.
- The Taliban announced that all Afghan girls will be back in school by March 21, 2022.
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.“
ON COVID-19 AND ISLAMIC LAW
- In “The FIQH of Disaster: MUI’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia (Study Application Legal Maxims of FIQH)” (SSRN, December 21, 2021), Syaugi Seff (Universitas Islam Negeri Antasari, Banjarmasin) “analyzes the fatwas of MUI issued during the COVID-19 pandemic” to investigate the different types of Islamic legal maxims employed in the fatwās.
UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
PIL & Harvard Calendar:
- 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.
- 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.
- Postdoctoral position opening: Christian-Muslim communication, University of Konstanz. Deadline: April 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.
- Call for Submissions: The UCLA School of Law’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).