Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “The Dominion of Rights, the Resistance of Duties” (Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion 22, no. 3 (2022)), Adnan A. Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School) “argues that while colonial domination had devastating consequences for patterns of life, social order and communal ties, its most profound impact was on the paradigm shift it produced that became a pathway for perpetual subjugation. The paradigm shift occurred through the introduction of a “rights” framework into the realm of law in the Global South. What this rights paradigm displaced was a framework premised on the idea of duty, where moral and legal obligation structured guidance on the expected and accepted behavior in society.”
  • In “Between Treatment and Enhancement: Islamic Discourses on the Boundaries of Human Genetic Modification” (Journal of Religious Ethics, October 18, 2022), Ayman Shabana (Georgetown University) “concentrates on Islamic perspectives on human genetic modification.”
  • In “Iranian Music Censorship & International Human Rights Law” (Brooklyn Journal of International Law 47, no. 1 (2022)), Cameron Moody “seeks to examine the ways in which the existing U.N. framework for promoting musician’s rights fails to apply to the situation in Iran. Despite Iran being a signatory to the foundational UN Human Rights treaties, the country routinely flouts these rights.
  • In “The Allah Case: What is the Name of God?” (SSRN, September 27, 2022), Joshua Neoh (Australian National University) examines a federal case in Malaysia on the question of the name given to God, which the court ruled is and should be Allah.
  • In “Legal Competence in Sharīʿa Courts in Israel – Between State Law, Sharīʿa, and the Perception of the Role of the Courts” (SSRN, March 14, 2022), Oren Asman (Sagol School of Neuroscience) and Ido Zelkovitz examine “a sample of 24 cases from four Israeli local Sharīʿa courts as well as a couple of decisions from the Sharīʿa Court of Appeals (between 1993 and 2009).”

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “Muslim Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Western Sydney: Understanding the Role of Community-Specific Communication Infrastructure” (Journal of Intercultural Studies, September 29, 2022), Jasbeer Musthafa Mamalipurath and Tanya Notley (Western Sydney University) that in Australia “community-specific communication infrastructures were critical to Muslims seeking to address gaps, needs and inequalities during the pandemic and they were effective because they were designed with an understanding of Muslim communities’ social and cultural norms, practices, experiences and needs. “
  • In “Religious Attitudes Toward Bribery: A Comparative Study” (SSRN, September 28, 2022), Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State University), Serkan Benk (Inonu University) and Bahadir Yuzbasi (Inonu University), using data from the World Values Survey, discuss findings including one in which Muslim respondents expressed the most opposition to bribery.


The 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:

  • Pars Times Middle East Resource Guide is an extensive and well organized collection of links about the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iran.
  • Muslim Scholars Database is “an effort to collect, compile and store (electronically, in one place) authentic information about Muslim scholars since the advent of Islam more than 1400 years ago.”


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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