Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Launched in 2017, Morocco‘s Moussalaha program has been increasingly impactful in helping those incarcerated for terrorism, including, among other things, by focusing on reading and interpreting the sacred texts.
  • Egyptian officials announced that the country will be issuing its first sukuk bond by this June.
  • A new report in the United Kingdom found that Muslim communities are among the most susceptible to discrimination, including because of conspiratorial theories on so-called “sharī’a no-go areas” that are erroneously believed by a segment of society to be governed by Islamic law.
  • Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin of Maryland Medical Center who was behind the groundbreaking heart transplant from a pig said his family questioned the operation as being potentially un-Islamic.
  • The NPR devoted a recent episode to the legal overhaul taking place in the UAE, with one guest describing the overhaul as an “extraordinary volume of progressive legislative amendments.”
  • The word inshallah, literally “if God wills,” has become an increasingly commonplace word in modern day English, used by both Muslims and non-Muslims.
  • Minoo Mirshahvalad, an Iranian expat who lives in Italy, has recently published a book titled “Shi’as in Italy: The Path of Minor Islam in Diaspora.”
  • African countries have varied in their approach to incorporating Islamic law into their legal system, with some embracing and some rejecting it, while some have opted for a mix.
  • The Kwara Sharia Court (Nigeria) recently published a law report in which it detailed the recent cases it resolved, including around 300 requests regarding estates and property distribution.


  • U.S. Senator Amanda Chase, criticizing mask mandates, drew a comparison to the Islamic face veil or niqāb, which she argued “break[s]” women’s individuality, drawing a strong rebuke from Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • 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.
  • Seminar: Islamic Judgeship, Sectarian Narratives, and the Medieval Legal Genre of “Judicial Protocols (Adab al-Qāḍī),” Princeton University, January 31, 2022 @ 12:00 – 1:20 pm.
  • Call for Papers: Theory and Practice of Rebellion, Hamburg, September 22-24, 2022. Deadline: February 1, 2022.
  • Interdisciplinary Debates: The Mosques of Colonial South Asia by Sana Haroon, Dartmouth College, February 8, 2022.
  • Call for Volunteer Chairs & Discussants: 2022 Global Meeting on Law and Society. Deadline: February 18, 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).
  • Call for Manuscripts: Advances in the Study of Islam, Edinburgh University Press.

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