Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Carpenter Wellington PLLC published a brief but comprehensive introduction to Islamic finance and how it interacts with traditional Islamic law.
  • A recent review published by Chatham House found southeast European Muslims to be instrumental to democratization efforts in their countries.
  • February 1, 2022 marked the ninth annual World Hijab Day.
  • Muslim university students in Karnataka (India), who were denied access to campus because their headscarves allegedly violated the university’s uniform dress code, have sued the university, and the matter is now pending before the High Court of Karnataka.  The Court issued an interim order upholding the banning of religious attire as the case continues to be considered.  Some Muslim activists have described the situation as “ostracizing the ‘visibly’ Muslim.”
  • President Joe Biden nominated Nusrat Choudhury, to be appointed as a federal court judge, who will become the first Muslim woman to occupy such a position if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
  • Some clerics in Pakistan have continued to emphasize that cousin marriages are permissible under Islamic law, despite creating higher risks of genetic disorders.
  • While prevented from selling Valentine’s Day merchandise until 2016, business owners in Saudi Arabia, including jewelry stores, continue to “do quick business around the holiday.”
  • The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently fined a New York-based robo-adviser firm claiming to be sharī’a-compliant.  The SEC concluded that the firm did not have policies and procedures in place to claim that it operated in an Islamic law-compliant manner.


  • Saudi Arabia reported that approximately 6 million children have benefitted from the nation’s online learning program, Madrasati, literally “my school,” during the COVID-19 pandemic.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Webinar: Afghanistan After the Collapse: Where Are We Now, and What Comes Next?, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, February 15, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • Call for Papers: Computational contributions to the Social and Cultural History of the Islamicate World, Berlin, 12-17 September 2022. Deadline: February 14, 2022.
  • Webinar: Hunger, Heresy and Rebellion in ʿAbbasid Arabia, Hamburg University, February 15, 2022.
  • Global Meeting of Law and Society Association: Lisbon 2022 Registration. Deadline: February 15, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Middle East Studies Association 56th Annual Meeting, Denver, December 1-4, 2022. Deadline: February 17, 2022.
  • Call for Volunteer Chairs & Discussants: 2022 Global Meeting on Law and Society. Deadline: February 18, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Hedi Viterbo, Associate Professor of Law, March 11, 2022.
  • Research Associate: The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History. Deadline: March 31, 2022.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Mr. Shivan Fazil and Dr. Bahar Baser, April 8, 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.
  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Rania Kassab Sweis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, May 13, 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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