Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Explainer: How Sharia Law is More Progressive Than the US Supreme Court on Abortion” (Jurist, October 27, 2022), Mohamed Arafa (Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) & Cornell University) argues “that the Islamic stance on abortion is more liberal than that of the US legal regime in its current state.”
  • In “The Legal Position of Children of Incest (A Study of Madhhab Scholars and Compilation of Islamic Law)” (Samarah: Jurnal Hukum Keluarga dan Hukum Islam 6, no. 1 (2022)), Mursyid Djawas and others “discuss the legal position of children of incest, the opinions of madhhab scholars, and the provisions on inheritance rights of children of incest according to Islamic law. “
  • In “Islamic Laws of War” (in The Laws of Yesterday’s Wars 2: From Ancient India to East Africa (Brill 2022)), Ahmed Al-Dawoody (International Committee of the Red Cross) explores “the development of the Islamic law of war during the earliest and most authoritative period for the formulation of Islamic law, i.e., the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad.”
  • Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University) reviews Mark Fathi Massoud‘s (UC Santa Cruz) Sharia, Inshallah: Finding God in Somali Legal Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2021) for the Foreign Affairs.
  • In “The Mask Wars and Social Control: Lessons from the 1927 Unveiling Campaign in Soviet Uzbekistan” (California Western International Law Journal, forthcoming 2022), Robert Kahn (University of St. Thomas School of Law) draws parallels between the mask mandates and “the hujum, a campaign to encourage women in Uzbekistan to unveil.”
  • In “Religious Freedom and Abortion” (Iowa Law Review, forthcoming), Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman (University of Virginia Law School) “argue that abortion bans should be vulnerable to Establishment and Free Exercise challenges under doctrinal standards adopted in recent cases, which have closely scrutinized laws burdening religiously motivated conduct.”


On Islam and Data Science

  • Recent studies have shed light on how Muslims have relied on Islamic ritual practices to cope with anxiety and other mental health-related concerns that have arisen during the pandemic.


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:

  • Islamic Studies: Recommended Databases is a collection of resources compiled by Duke University Libraries and provides a curated selection of databases relating to Islamic law and studies.
  • Atla Religion Database “is the premier index of articles, reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology, and offers significant breadth and depth of subject areas and languages covered.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Conference: American Society for Legal History 2022, November 10-12, 2022.
  • 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.
  • Conference: 8th IDHN Conference, November 17, 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.
  • Position opening: Al-Qasimi Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, December 7, 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.
  • 2023 Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Workshop: 22nd meeting of the Law and Humanities Interdisciplinary Workshop, Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC, May 24-25, 2023.
  • The Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop: Law and Society Association, May 31, 2023.
  • Annual meeting: Law & Society Association’s Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1-4, 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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