Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “Describing the ban on Afghan women working for foreign organisations as ‘perplexing,’ the [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] called on [the Taliban government] ‘to revisit this decision for the sake of social inclusion of women and the undisrupted continuation of the much-needed international humanitarian safety net in Afghanistan.'” 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.”
  • Some pundits have observed that Iran‘s law enforcement is relying on Moharebeh law (the crime of enmity against God) in sentencing some protesters to death, in wake of the protests following the suspicious death of Mahsa Amini while in custody.
  •  “Iran‘s judiciary has sentenced three more anti-government protesters to death on charges of “waging war on God”, its Mizan news agency reported on Monday, defying growing international criticism over its fierce crackdown on demonstrators.”
  • Commenting on various measures the Iranian government is contemplating regarding its mandatory ḥijāb law, one Iranian lawmaker speculated: “[I]t is possible that women who do not observe hijab would be informed via SMS, asking them to respect the law. After notifying them, we enter the warning stage… and last, the bank account of the person who unveiled may be blocked.”
  • “Amid controversies over Muslims celebrating Christmas, exchanging gifts and greetings the head of the Muslim World League in an interview clarified Islam’s stance on the same[,]” commenting that there is no such prohibition.
  • “Clerics in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan] issued a fatwa against terrorists and terror activities, deeming the taking up of arms against the state’s police and military ‘haraam’ (forbidden) in the Shariat (Islamic law).” “Only head of Islamic state can declare jihad, no one else, [said] clerics.”
  • Commenting on the recent controversy following the dismissal of a professor at Hamline University for showing a visual depiction of the Prophet, Omid Safi (Duke University) said: “The fact of the matter is that these kinds of images have been an important part of the Islamic tradition.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • Conference: IDHN Conference on Shīʿī Ḥadīth and Legal Studies: Digital Perspectives, January 26, 2023.
  • Fellowship: Center for Arabic Study Abroad, 2023-2024, January 30, 2023.
  • The Abdallah S. Kamel Center at the Yale Law School Fellowship, 2023-2024, January 31, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: MESA Annual Meeting 2023, Montréal, Québec, Canada, February 16, 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.
  • Call for Papers: Munich Summer Institute 2023 & Ph.D. Workshop, May 24-26, 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.
  • 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).
  • 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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