ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS
- 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.
ON COVID-19 AND ISLAMIC LAW
- 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.
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.
- 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.