Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “Women in Afghanistan carried out a protest against the Taliban-led regime after they banned women from working for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).” “Even before the Taliban barred Afghan women from working at non-governmental groups, their forces visited the office of one local organization in the capital Kabul several times to check female staff were obeying rules on dress codes and gender segregation.”
  • “The Islamist regime [in Afghanistan] announced Dec. 20 that women would be prohibited from attending universities, on top of earlier decrees banning girls from middle school and high school.”
  • “The secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, called for an international campaign to convince the Taliban to reverse a ban on female education.”
  • “The United Nations’ human rights chief […] decried increasing restrictions on women’s rights in Afghanistan, urging the country’s Taliban rulers to reverse them immediately.”
  • “In December, the Taliban staged their first public execution of a convicted murderer, effectively reviving the practices of the previous Taliban rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.” 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.”
  • “Arguably one of the more religiously conservative states in Malaysia besides Kelantan, the state of Terengganu sparked debate with the new amendments to the state’s Syariah Criminal Offenses Enactment, most notably criminalizing or increasing penalties for stuff such as pregnancy out of wedlock, sorcery, and women posing as men, among other things.”
  • “The Muslim Rights Concern has said that the Supreme Court [of Nigeria] affirmed Sharia Law on blasphemy.”
  • “In Cambodia, practising Muslims, who make up around 2% of the 16-million population, [have expressed that they] are already finding it hard to find restaurants officially selling halal food due to the shortage of certified suppliers.”
  • “A court in Pakistan on Monday freed a convicted rapist after it was ‘agreed’ he would marry his victim, his lawyer said, enraging rights activists who say the ruling risks normalizing sexual violence in the South Asian country.”
  • Iran‘s supreme leader has spoken out against alienating women who don’t fully observe the mandatory hijab while also stressing the importance of hijab overall.”
  • “A top dissident Iranian Sunni cleric […] denounced as un-Islamic Iran’s alleged use of forced confessions to convict detained protesters, as weekly demonstrations continued in the county’s southeast.”
  • The Daily Sabah has compiled a roundup of five significant events for the Muslim world that occurred in 2022.
  • “The Egyptian embassy’s registration of a bare ‘talaq’ divorce did not amount to granting a divorce such that a woman could no longer claim spousal support from the man she married, the Ontario Court of Appeal said recently.”


  • Scholars have argued that Islamic law gave Libyan authorities the requisite authority which they could have effectively utilized to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Annual meeting: Law & Society Association’s Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 1-4, 2023.
  • Summer Course: Thinking with Islamicate Manuscripts: Critical Approaches to Historical Methodology, History of Collections, and Digital Tools In Islamic Studies, July 3-7, 2023, Central European University (application deadline: February 14, 2023).
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  • 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.
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  • Call for Submissions: The UCLA School of Law’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).
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  • 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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