ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS
- “This [past] weekend, Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrate[d] Eid al-Adha, which translates literally to holiday of the sacrifice.”
- “Western pilgrims using the Saudi-backed Motawif portal” have expressed frustration about double bookings and the conditions of hotel rooms.
- “The costs of performing the hajj have risen significantly in 2022 compared to 2019, with increases ranging from about 20% in the Gulf countries that rely on private sector campaigns, and 50% in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, to an increase of 100% in countries such as Egypt, Algeria, and Pakistan.”
- “Pakistani-American lawyer Khizr Khan, serving in US Commission on International Religious Freedom, will be awarded the top US Civil Award by President Joe Biden.”
- In a recently handed down decision, the Supreme Court of New South Wales “ordered a trade credit insurer to pay out an insurance claim to a financier defrauded by a customer,” in a case involving an Islamic financing contract known as murābaḥa.
- “The UN rights chief urged the Taliban Friday to look to other Muslim countries for inspiration on improving the rights of women and ending their ‘systematic oppression’ in Afghanistan.” 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.“
ON COVID-19 AND ISLAMIC LAW
- “This year, 1 million pilgrims [have] flock[ed] to the holy city, 85 percent of them traveling from abroad for the first time following a two-year hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and attendant restrictions that prevented them from performing the ritual.”
UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
- 13th Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture Online: “Tanzīh and the Methodology of Ḥadīth Censorship in Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qasṭallānī’s (d. 923/1517) Irshād al-sārī” by Miriam Ovadia, July 14, 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.