Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law:

  • In “Sovereignty, Territoriality and Islamic Private International Law” (SSRN, October 12, 2021), Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) argues that “Islamic international law, in its classical phase (8th – 13th centuries), as first formulated by Iraqi, and later, Central Asian, scholars (who later came to be known as Ḥanafīs), understood all legal order as being rooted in sovereignty and territoriality, with common religion a secondary concern.”
  • In “Reform in the Reservation Policy in Kerala: Muslim Community’s Response” (SSRN, February 7, 2022), Mariia Starikova (MGIMO University) discusses how the government’s attempt to change the reservation policy in Kerala, India “provoked a negative reaction from the Muslim community leaders and leaders of Dalits.
  • In “9/11 Impacts on Muslims in Prison” (Michigan Journal of Race & Law 27, no. 1 (2021)), SpearIt (University of Pittsburgh School of Law) makes the case for why “[t]he events of 9/11 were catastrophic for incarcerated Muslims.”
  • Rina Amiri, the U.S. special envoy for Afghan women, discussed the situation of human rights in Afghanistan with representatives of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences Network recently organized a panel to discuss Nurfadzilah Yahaya‘s (National University of Singapore) recent monograph, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2021). Read the panel contributions here.
  • Mustafa Akyol recent published a book entitled Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance (St. Martin’s Essentials, 2021). Reviewing Akyol’s book for The Wire, Shakir Mir contends that Akyol’s “book also becomes a vector for dangerous tropes about Islam and Muslims because it exceptionalises the Muslim right-wing. It becomes part of that broader narrative that stigmatises every conservative expression in Muslim societies as proof of the universal Muslim pathology.”

On Islam and Data Science:

  • In “The Dark Side of Bitcoin: Do Emerging Asian Islamic Markets Subdue the Ethical Risk?” (SSRN, February 10, 2022), Sitara Karim (ILMA University) and others, through “[a] multi-step empirical approach using the AGDCC-GARCH model, time-varying optimal copula (TVOC) approach, and conditional diversification benefits (CDB),” demonstrate the “safe-heaven properties” of what the authors term “Emerging Asian Islamic markets.”


This Field Guide to Islamic Law Online is an ever-growing collection of links to hundreds of links to primary sources and archival collections around the world, online. We recently added new resources to this list:


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Position opening: Islamic Law Blog Staff Editor, Program in Islamic Law. Deadline: March 4, 2022.
  • Request for Proposals: Ruby on Rails/React Developer, Program in Islamic Law. Deadline: March 4, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: Data Science Fellow, Program in Islamic Law. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • Webinar: AMECYS Friday Digital Author Series: Dr. Hedi Viterbo, Associate Professor of Law, March 11, 2022.
  • Social Media Internship Opportunity: The Muslim Women’s Giving Circle (MWGC). Deadline: March 15, 2022.
  • Position opening: Staff Attorney, The Center for Constitutional Rights. Deadline: March 18, 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.
  • Call for Applications: The MESA Global Academy 2022-2023. Deadline: May 1, 2022.
  • Conference: Clinical Legal Education, May 9-13, 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.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 113th Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 6-9, 2022.
  • 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.
  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.

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