Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Borno State Governor (Nigeria), Professor Babagana Zulum, urged the Nigerian “government to establish an institutional framework that would guide the conduct of fatwa.”
  • As Saudi Arabia is debating amending its blood money law, some sources have reported that the Shoura Council considering the amendments declined to discuss inserting the following passage: “It is prohibited to show discrimination in the amount of compensation in a felony against a person on the basis of gender, religion, or any other forms of discrimination.”
  • In India, “[t]he Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) on Sunday passed a resolution against the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC) saying it would be in contravention of not only the Constitution of India but also [sharī’a].”  The Jamiat continued: “No Muslim accepts interference in Islamic law. If any government makes the mistake of implementing UCC, Muslims will not accept this injustice and will be forced to take all measures against it while staying within constitutional limits.”
  • Professor Habib Ahmed at Durham University (UK) was awarded the first prize by the Islamic Development Bank, “in recognition of his pioneering and innovative work in Islamic economics and finance.”
  • Marhaba DeFi Network (MRHB), a Muslim-focused ethical decentralized finance platform, has started to provide non-fungible token (NFT) minting for what it is calling the ‘world’s first halal compliance certifications.'”
  • “The de facto Taliban government has formed a nine-member committee to facilitate the reopening of secondary schools for Afghan girls that have remained shut for nearly 10 months of the Islamist rule.” 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.


  • “The demand of non-Muslim countries for halal products increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, Zafer Soylu, the head of the Halal Accreditation Agency (HAK) in Turkey, said Sunday.”


Global Calendar:

  • Summer School 2022: Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World. Deadline is June 17, 2022.
  • Workshop: Intertextuality in Islamic and Jewish Law, June 21-23, 2022, University of Muenster.
  • Conference: The Digital Orientalist’s Virtual Conference 2022, June 25, 2022.
  • AMECYS Book Award Announcement (copyright 2020, 2021), June 30, 2022.
  • Call for Contributions: Special-Edition Journal, Pakistan, July 15, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: The Perspective of the Countryside in the Medieval Arab-Islamic World, August 1, 2022.
  • Position opening: Associate Director and Chief Curator, The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, August 31, 2022.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 113th Annual Conference, King’s College London, September 6-9, 2022.
  • Conference: Materiality, Rituals and the Senses in Shi‘i Islam, Georgia, October 19-21, 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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