ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS
- “Malaysia‘s new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, will be contending in parliament with a strengthened Islamist party that espouses a stricter interpretation of […] Islamic law, a challenge to Anwar’s vision of an inclusive society.”
- “Three women and 11 men were flogged [recently] on the orders of an Afghan court after they were found guilty of theft and ‘moral crimes,’ a provincial official said.”
- “The Taliban treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan may amount to a crime against humanity and should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, a U.N. team of experts said.”
- “The Taliban’s Supreme Leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has issued a decree allowing his government’s courts and other prosecution authorities to enforce strict Islamic laws across the country. The Supreme Leader’s decree gives judges in Afghanistan the authority to impose severe sentences for specific offenses and crimes, which may include public stoning and amputation.” 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.”
- Massoud Setayeshi, spokesperson of Iran‘s judiciary, told reporters that “according to Iran’s version of Islamic law, article 513, ‘Those insulting Islamic sanctities or its saints’ can be convicted and receive the death penalty. The principle cited is ‘Sab Al-Nabi’ or insulting the Prophet.”
- “Ellie Molloson, who campaigns to improve matchday experiences for women football supporters,” said that the alcohol ban during the World Cup held in Qatar helps women spectators enjoy the experience without any form of harassment.
- Experts have recently drawn attention to “the potential of Islamic finance to support infrastructure development in emerging and developing countries.”
ON COVID-19 AND ISLAMIC LAW
- The Pew Research Center has compiled a set of statistics and news reports on how COVID-19 affected religious groups around the world in 2020, including Muslim religious across a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
PIL & Harvard Calendar:
- Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Position opening: Tenure-Track Professor of Persian Literature and Cultures, Harvard University, January 6, 2023.
- 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.
- Symposium: Legal Orders under Pressure: Non-Western Experiences of Legal Transformations in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, Max Planck Institute, December 7-9, 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 in Modern Middle East, 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.