Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “The Islamic Republic [of Iran] has hanged a second protester in less than a week in public on Monday after charging him with killing two members of security forces.”
  • As Iran has been executing protesters, some Islamic law scholars in the country have voiced their opposition to the regime’s application of criminal law from an Islamic perspective.
  • “Human rights groups have expressed concern over amendments to Terengganu state [Malaysia] Islamic laws by the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) state government that punish Muslim women who become pregnant out of wedlock, or act like men, among other things.”
  • “The Indonesian parliament passed a new criminal code on December 6, 2022, containing provisions that seriously violate international human rights law and standards, Human Rights Watch said[.]”
  • “Five years ago, a group in Indonesia did something unique: they convened the world’s first congress of women ‘ulama,’ the Kongres Ulama Perempuan Indonesia or KUPI. Last month, they convened again, bringing together more women ulama, academics, and activists from across the country and around the world to share their experiences and views.”
  • “The State [of Kerala] [India] will soon file an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the law of inheritance and all other branches of law relating to the the Muslim Personal Law contained in the Shariat law are also in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.”
  • “According to the 2022 Illinois Muslims Report, 94 percent of Muslims in Illinois observe halal guidelines, and Illinois has the largest per capita population of Muslims in the U.S. The report found that 39 percent of Muslim respondents with school-age children, along with 32 percent of students enrolled in college, lack access to halal food at their school.”


  • “A [Muslim] firefighter is suing Boston for more than $8 million after the city denied his request for a religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccination and put him on indefinite unpaid leave.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • The Cochrane Research Fellowship, 2023, December 23, 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.
  • Call for Papers: Workshop TraSIS (Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies) and the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies), January 15, 2023.
  • The Abdallah S. Kamel Center at the Yale Law School Fellowship, 2023-2024, January 31, 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).
  • Workshop: TraSIS (Trajectories of Slavery in Islamicate Societies) and the BCDSS (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies) Murtensee, August 30, 2023 – September 1, 2023.
  • 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.

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