On Islamic Law
- In “Can the Taliban Be Convinced to Reverse Course?” (Human Rights Watch, February 12, 2023), John Sifton and Fereshta Abbasi (HRW), commenting on the Taliban’s policies regarding women, argue that “[n]o country can function with half its adult population locked up at home.”
- In “Project Illumine — a Qur’an commentary for our time” (Felix, February 12, 2023), Steve Connolly (Imperial College London) argues that “Abou el Fadl’s Project Illumine covers a plethora of […] examples demonstrating the inappropriateness of much of the received Qur’an commentary to date.”
- In “Remembering the “father” of Islamic banking” (New Straits Times, February 10, 2023), Thameem Ushama (International Islamic University, Malaysia), commemorating Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi, writes: “[after] benefiting the worldwide Muslim community for almost seven decades, a veteran economist who has been crucial in providing ideas to solve the contemporary Islamic financial issues for the banking industry has left people, specifically Muslims, mournful.”
- In “British Sharia Councils & Women” (Juicy Ecumenism, February 20, 2023), Susanna Lukács, with regard to sharī’a councils in the United Kingdom, observes that “Sharia councils claim they help Muslim women get a religious divorce, but this legal system leaves women vulnerable placing undue restrictions on their lives leaving them without any legal protection.”
- In “Religious Freedom and Abortion” (Iowa Law Review, forthcoming), Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman (University of Virginia Law School) note that abortion bans in the United States tend to reflect the religious views of white evangelicals and conservative Catholics, at the expense of a diverse array of other faiths and their followers.
- In “Reducing the Costs of Zakāt” (Virginia Tax Review 41, no. 2 (2022)), Ahmed E. Taha (Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law) “examines many of the primary traditional zakāt calculation, collection, and distribution practices.”
On Islam and Data Science
- In “The construction of an Islamic capitalism through Pagang Gadai amongst the Minangkabau people” (Cogent Social Sciences 9, no. 1 (2023)), Syukri Iska (Universitas Islam Negeri Mahmud Yunus Batusangkar, Indonesia) and others, collecting data from in-depth interviews, demonstrate how the pawn system of an Indonesia tribe, originally established to help individuals in need, became a source of profit, which observers believe contravenes Islamic law.
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:
- International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), “the premier international organization focusing on providing a platform for the unique perspective of Muslim thinkers, scholars and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences” whose initiatives are summarized by the Library of Congress, maintain the Al-Alwani and Al-Faruqi libraries with resources relating to Islam and Islamic law.
- Islamic Studies, a research guide maintained by the University of Kentucky, which provides “search terms on topics related to Arabic and Islamic Studies, information about finding print and electronic journal articles (scholarly and popular), dissertations, theses, and links to websites about Islam.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
PIL & Harvard Calendar:
- Disaster Relief: Harvard Law School’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake Relief Efforts.
- Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Umar Tahir, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, March 3, 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.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Steve Howard, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, March 10, 2023.
- Islamic Law Speaker Series :: Haroun Rahimi (The American University of Afghanistan), “Taliban and Modernity,” Harvard Law School, March 21, 2023.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Abdulatif Finch, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, March 24, 2023.
- Position opening: Program in Islamic Law: Data Science Fellowships, 2023-2024, March 31, 2023.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Cheikh Anta Mbacke Babou, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, 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.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Caitlyn Bolton, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, April 7, 2023.
- Prize: Alwaleed Bin Talal Undergraduate Thesis Prize, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, April 14, 2023.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Ayodeji Ogunnaike, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, April 14, 2023.
- Islam in Africa Initiative: Zekeria Salem, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, April 21, 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 to Sponsor a Member: for applicants affected by the earthquakes, MESA 2023.
- Fellowship: Robert M. Cover – Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinical Fellowship, Yale Law School, 2023-2025, March 10, 2023.
- Call for Panels: Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) 11th Biennial Conference, University of Ghana-Legon, March 15, 2023.
- Ottoman Summer School, Istanbul, Bilgi University, 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.
- Webinar: “Public Freedoms in the Islamic State,” with Rached Ghannouchi, Noah Feldman and Rushain Abbasi, Yale Law School, March 21, 2023.
- Conference: “Succession in Islamic Law,” Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, March 30-31, 2023.
- The Laura Bassi Scholarship, March 31, 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.
- Roundtable Discussion: The future of teaching in the Islamicate Digital Humanities, AKU-ISMC, London, May 15-16, 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.