Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • As antigovernment protests on state-imposed rules of Islamic attire continue in Iran, historians have reminded that, prior to the establishment of the Islamic republic, “[w]omen in Iran have also donned hijab as a symbol of resistance against oppression, monarchy.”
  • As protests in the wake of Mahsa Amini‘s death while under Iran‘s morality police continue, observers have emphasized that it was “[t]he 1979 Islamic revolution introduced the idea of hijab law.”
  • The state-imposed Islamic attire rules, which have fueled recent controversies in Iran, have also resulted in an examination in state-imposed rules of religious attire across the globe, sometimes also applicable to men.
  • “The U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned seven Iranian government and security leaders on Thursday for their suppression of women’s rights protests using violence and censorship.”
  • “[A]t a three-day workshop on ‘Sharia Intelligence, Constructive Alternatives and the Role of Journalism in the Prevention of Extremism and Violence’, organised by a conflict resolution and peace building group, Dar Al Andalus Centre” Islamic scholars have engaged in efforts to critique and deconstruct religious arguments used by extremist groups to legitimate violence in Nigeria.
  • Darul Uloom Deobandh [in India], an Islamic seminary, is all set to hold a seminar to discuss madrasa education” on October 30, 2022.
  • “Contrary to popular belief, termination of pregnancy or abortion has been legal in Malaysia for nearly half a decade, which has kept the number of unsafe abortions ‘low’ in the country, according to an obstetrician and gynecologist.” For more content and context on debates around the right to abortion and how Islamic has featured in these debates, consult our Resource Roundup: Abortion and Islamic Law
  • “After a New Jersey second-grader told her mother that her teacher had tried to pull off her hijab, the story went viral on social media.”
  • According to research conducted by Maximize Market Research, “the global Halal Food Market Size is expected to reach USD 4987.837 billion by 2029.”
  • “The Egyptian Dar al-Ifta’s 7th International Conference of Fatwa Authorities Worldwide launched on Tuesday a ‘Fatwa charter for confronting climate change,’ which is based on Islamic morals and values as well as jurisprudential principles.”


  • Pundits have continued to advocate for Islamic financial practices as a means of economic resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Seminar: Islamic Family Law in the UK by Javaid Rahman, GCNC Chambers, November 8, 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.
  • Position opening: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Middle East History, The American University in Cairo, November 15, 2022.
  • Call for Applications: Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, The Law and Society Association, November 15, 2022.
  • Webinar: “Improvised Forms: Body, Text, and Diagram in Saʿd al-Dīn Ḥamūya’s (d. 1252) Sajanjal al-arwāḥ” by Dr. Cyril Uy, November 15, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, University of Pennsylvania Law School, November 18, 2022.
  • Call for Papers: Regulative Verses of the Qur’ān (āyāt al-aḥkām), Al Mahdi Institute, November 25, 2022.
  • Position opening: Assistant Director, The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, December 1, 2022.
  • Webinar: “The Second Formation of Islamic Law in Premodern Transoxiana: Evidences of Manuscripts” by Dr. Lola Dodkhudoeva, December 6, 2022.
  • The American University in Cairo: Graduate Program in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Fall 2023, December 15, 2022.
  • Residential Fellowship: Crown Center for Middle East Studies, 2023-2024, January 1, 2023.
  • Call for Applications: Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, 2023, January 15, 2023.
  • Workshop: Digital Medieval Studies Institute, NYU DC, February 22, 2023.
  • 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.
  • MEM Fellowship for Graduate Students of Color.
  • Scholarship: Islamic Scholarship Fund CAMBA Law Scholarship 2023.

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