On Islamic Law
- In “Use of Terror To Impose Sharia Laws Forbidden, Pakistan’s Top Islamic Scholars Declare” (The Media Line, January 25, 2023), Arshad Mehmood writes that “Pakistan‘s top Islamic scholars and clerics declared that the use of force to implement Sharia –Islamic law as derived from the Koran and the traditions of Islam, including armed confrontation against the state, sabotage and all forms of terrorism, are unequivocally forbidden according to Islamic teaching and are considered a rebellion or mutiny.”
- In “Does Oreo Contain “Fat And Pork Milk”? No, Viral Infographic Is Misleading” (The Logical Indian, January 25, 2023), Jakir Hassan attempts to verify whether allegations involving use of pork-derived ingredients in Oreos are accurate. He concludes: “Our investigation shows that the infographic claiming that Oreo biscuits are ‘haram’ for Muslims because they are made of pork fat, and milk is misleading.”
- In “Madrasas and the Sciences” (in Routledge Handbook on the Sciences in Islamicate Societies (Sonja Brentjes, Peter Barker, Rana Brentjes, eds., Routledge, 2023), Sonja Brentjes (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) and Abdelmalek Bouzari (École Normale Supérieure de Kouba) “survey scientific topics and texts taught and studied at [madrasas] and present examples of mathematical texts compiled by madrasa teachers, in particular in North Africa.”
- In “Which is the Right Qibla?” (in Routledge Handbook on the Sciences in Islamicate Societies (Sonja Brentjes, Peter Barker, Rana Brentjes, eds., Routledge, 2023), Mònica Rius-Piniés (University of Barcelona) “argues that the knowledge related to the prayer directions (qibla) of Muslims crossed a broad range of aspects in all Islamicate societies being a concept of profound relevance to their Muslim communities. It documents the many different opinions about what was a valid prayer direction and the contradictory attitudes about how to determine such a direction and what to do with invalid directions.”
On Islam and Data Science
- In “Big Data and Islamic Finance” (in Encyclopedia of Data Science and Machine Learning, 2023), Egi Arvian Firmansyah (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei) and Budi Harsanto (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia) conduct a meta-analysis of the scholarship on Islamic finance, highlighting the themes that have been focused on in particular as well as those that have been so far neglected.
- In “The Value and Performance of Islamic Banking in Indonesia” (Journal of Islamic Economics and Business 15, no. 2 (2022)), Zulfikar Hasan “examine[s] the value of Indonesian Islamic banking using secondary quarterly data from quarter I of 2016 to quarter IV of 2021.”
FIELD GUIDE TO ISLAMIC LAW ONLINE: RECENT SOURCES
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:
- Ajami is a project that “aims to advance the understanding of Ajami in sub-Saharan Africa through comparative examination of four major West African languages: Hausa, Mandinka, Fula and Wolof.”
- Class Central is an online education resource that provides access to online courses on Islamic law and other related subjects.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
PIL & Harvard Calendar:
- Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Visiting Fellowships: Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, Harvard Law School, 2023-2024, February 15, 2023.
- Fellowship: Program in Islamic Law: Research Fellowships, 2023-2024, February 15, 2023.
- Talk: “Early Modern Money Between England and the Ottoman Empire” by Ellen M. Nye, Charles Warren Center, Harvard Law School, February 23, 2023.
- Call for Applications: The Inaugural Harvard-Zaytuna Thesis Symposium, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, March 3-5, 2023.
- SHARIAsource Lab :: Hackathon: Arabic OCR Community Scribes, March 4, 2023.
- Islamic Law Speaker Series :: Haroun Rahimi (The American University of Afghanistan), “Taliban and Modernity,” Harvard Law School, March 14, 2023.
- Position opening: Program in Islamic Law: Data Science Fellowships, 2023-2024, March 31, 2023.
- Islamic Law Speaker Series :: Elizabeth Lhost (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Everyday Islamic Law and the Making of Modern South Asia, Harvard Law School, April 4, 2023.
- Seminar: “The Rule of Recognition and the Consolidation of the Maliki Madhhab in the 14th Century” by Mohammad Fadel, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, April 6, 2023.
- Prize: Alwaleed Bin Talal Undergraduate Thesis Prize, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, April 14, 2023.
- Workshop: Arabic Manuscript Workshop, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, April 24-28, 2023.
- Islamic Law Speaker Series :: Dilyara Agisheva (Harvard Law School), “The Entangled Legal Formations and the Russian annexation of Crimea in the 18th century,” Harvard Law School, May 2, 2023.
- Prize: Alwaleed Bin Talal Graduate Thesis Prize, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, May 19, 2023.
- Call for Abstracts: Seventh Conference for Junior Researchers, The Law and Society Association at Stanford Law School (LSAS), February 12, 2023.
- Seminar: NES Seminar Series: Matthew Delvaux, 202 Jones Hall at Princeton University, Monday, February 13, 2023.
- Book launch: “Public Freedoms in the Islamic State” by Rached Ghannouchi, The Abdallah S. Kamel for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at the Yale Law School, February 14, 2023.
- Call for Papers: MESA Annual Meeting 2023, Montréal, Québec, Canada, February 16, 2023.
- Workshop: Digital Medieval Studies Institute, NYU DC, February 22, 2023.
- Conference: The Maghrib in Massachusetts, UMass Boston, February 25, 2023.
- Call for Papers: Secularism as a Value, Princeton, New Jersey, March 1, 2023.
- Call for Papers: Fall 2023 Works-in-Progress Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Law in the Global South, Columbia Law School, March 1, 2023.
- Call for Panels: Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) 11th Biennial Conference, University of Ghana-Legon, March 15, 2023.
- Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Law in the Crucible of the Modern State: Problems and Perspectives, University of Muenster, Germany, March 20, 2023.
- Conference: Policing Issues in the 21st Century, AALS, April 28, 2023.
- Conference: Seventh Conference for Junior Researchers, The Law and Society Association at Stanford Law School (LSAS), May 5, 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).
- Conference: Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Law in the Crucible of the Modern State: Problems and Perspectives, University of Muenster, Germany, July 10-12, 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.
- Call for Papers: Special Issue of Religions: “A Critique of the Modern Discourse of Maqāṣid,” September 15, 2023.
- Fall 2023 Works-in-Progress Workshop: Comparative Constitutional Law in the Global South, Columbia Law School, October 20-21, 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.