Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS

  • Muslim scholars have continued to issue a variety of legal opinions (fatwās) on the permissibility of cryptocurrencies under Islamic law, some deeming them permissible and some declaring them forbidden. For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here.
  • A Malaysian defendant who “sought a declaration that the Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court and Shariah Court of Appeal do not have jurisdiction to hear and punish any individual who contravenes the court,” arguing that “it is the exclusive right of the civil courts at the Federal Court,” had her motion rejected.
  • Frost and Sullivan, an American marketing research company, found that “[t]he halal economy market is expected to reach $4.96 trillion by 2030, as the demand for such products from Muslims and non-Muslims increases.”
  • Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia have threatened legal action against streaming group Netflix if it continues to broadcast shows they deem un-Islamic.”
  • The SharÄ«’a Court of Appeal in Nigeria held that “[a] Muslim man who contracted a registry marriage as his first marriage under the Marriage Act and wished to take a second wife for any reason or change his wife must first divorce his first wife.”
  • In a recent statement on women’s right to education, received by many international observers with skepticism, the Talibanannounced […] that under Islamic law, women and girls have the right to education, work and entrepreneurship,” but that such right needed to be operationalized in a “safe environment.” 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

  • “As the world experiences conflict, supply chain disruptions and economic uncertainty, [h]alal finance provider Hejaz Financial Services report[ed] that the Islam finance sector is continuing to experience growth,” despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Position opening: Tenure-Track Harvard Professor in the History of Modern Africa, Harvard University, September 19, 2022.
  • Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Call for Papers: The 22nd Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Harvard University, November 28, 2022.

Global Calendar:

  • International Conference: Historicizing the ShiÊ¿i Hadith Corpus, Leiden University, September 12-14, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, Occidental College, September 15, 2022.
  • Position opening: Temple University Beasley School of Law, Fall 2023.
  • Call for Papers: “Succession in Islamic Law,” Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, September 15, 2022.
  • Panel: Religion after Roe, John Carroll University, September 19, 2022.
  • Conference: “The Theory and Practice of Rebellion in the Early Islamicate World,” Hamburg University, September 22-24, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, September 30, 2022.
  • Conference: Materiality, Rituals and the Senses in Shi‘i Islam, Georgia, October 19-21, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: The Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law’s Forthcoming Volume 22 (2022), October 21, 2022.
  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 2022.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: The Johnson Program for First Book Authors (American Bar Foundation), November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Shifting Criminal Legal Landscapes in 19th-Century Habsburg and Ottoman Borderlands (Missouri), November 11, 2022 @ 1:15 pm – 2:40 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Many Peoples, Many Laws: Legal Pluralism Across the Medieval World (Ontario), November 12, 2022 @ 2:05 pm – 3:35 pm.
  • 2022 ASLH Conference: Islamic Law and Agriculture in Global History, 1850-1950 (Superior A), November 12, 2022 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am.
  • Call for Papers: Regulative Verses of the Qur’ān (āyāt al-aḥkām), Al Mahdi Institute, November 25, 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.
  • Position opening: Associate Director, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Muslim Chaplain, Macalester College (priority given to applications by August 1, 2022).
  • Position opening: Adjunct lecturer, Babson College.
  • 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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