Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In In the Shadow of the Prophet: Essays in Islamic History (Oneworld Publications, 2023), Roy P. Mottahedeh (Harvard University, Emeritus) “xplores such diverse topics as the social bonds that connected people in the early Islamic Middle East, the transmission of learning in the Muslim world, religious and ethnic toleration in the past and in the present, and the theme of ‘wonders’ in The Thousand and One Nights.”
  • In Democracy under God: Constitutions, Islam and Human Rights in the Muslim World (Cambridge University Press, 2023), Dawood Ahmed (Comparative Constitutions Project) and Muhammad Zubair Abbasi (University of Bradford) find that “in many Muslim countries, constitutional recognition of Islam often occurs during moments of democratization.”
  • In “The Demise of Roe v Wade Undermines Freedom of Religion” (ACS Blogs, August 2022), Martin E. Gold (Columbia University) “addresses a mostly overlooked analysis of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision ignores the beliefs of millions of people of non-Christian religions (the abortion beliefs of Hindus, Moslems, Jews are set out) and of Christians having more moderate views.”
  • In “Religious Liberty for All? A Religious Right to Abortion?” (Wisconsin Law Review, forthcoming), Caroline Mala Corbin (University of Miami School of Law) surveys the possibility of a religious right to abortion, drawing among other things, from one view from Islamic law that ensoulment does not occur at the time of insemination. For more content and context on debates around the right to abortion and how Islamic has featured in these debates, consult our Resource Roundup: Abortion and Islamic Law
  • In “Continuity and Change in Human Rights Appropriation: The Case of Turkey” (International Journal of Constitutional Law (2023) (forthcoming)), Basak Cali (Hertie School of Governance) and Esra Demir-Gursel (Humboldt University of Berlin) “analy[ze] the political and legal dynamics of continuity and change in the appropriation of human rights in Turkey by state officials, as it has unfolded in the recent decade against the backdrop of growing authoritarian practices.”
  • In “Penalty for Committing Fornication & Adultery (Zina) in Islamic Law as a Violation of Freedom from Torture” (OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development 15, no. 6 (2023)), Nqobizwe Mvelo Ngema and Desan Iyer (University of Zululand) argue that “[b]oth flogging and stoning as punishment for zina are not in line with the doctrine of international human rights that forbids torture.”
  • In “Saudi Arabian Tax Treaties: What Does Zakat Have to Do with Them?” (Bulletin for International Taxation 77 (2023)), Saud M. Alholiby (University of Florida Levin College of Law) “demonstrates how zakat’s implementation in Saudi Arabia resembles modern capital taxes, and it conducts a comprehensive analysis of the Saudi tax treaty network to investigate any potential meaningful zakat coverage.”
  • In “An Islamic Law Analysis of the Naira Swap Policy” (Economic Confidential, March 13, 2023), Nurudeen Olaleye, Esq. (Chief Toye Coker & Co., Abeokuta, Ogun State) discusses whether recent Nigerian fiscal policies, including designing new banknotes, are compatible with Islamic law.

On Islam and Data Science


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:

  • Islamic World Studies, maintained by the Loyola University Chicago, aims to “[l]ocate core research resources related to Islam and the Islamic world.”
  • Islamic Law: Electronic Resources and Databases, maintained by the Chickasaw Nation Law Library at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, compiles a list of databases relating to Islamic law as well as instructions on how to use legal databases to find content related to Islamic law.


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: Abdulatif Finch, Swartz Hall, Garvin Room, Harvard University, March 24, 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: The Class of 1955/Robert T. Coolidge Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Medieval Studies, April 7, 2023.
  • Book talk: Roy Mottahedeh on “In the Shadow of the Prophet: Essays in Islamic History,” Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program & Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, April 11, 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.

Global Calendar:

  • Call to Sponsor a Member: for applicants affected by the earthquakes, MESA 2023.
  • Internship opportunity: The Executive Office of the President, White House, various deadlines.
  • Workshop: The Digital Frontiers of Land, Law, and Endowments in the Eastern Mediterranean, University of Birmingham, March 24, 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.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Columbia University’s Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies, 2023-2024, April 3, 2023.
  • Colloquium: Samia Khatun, “Nur, Darshan & Enlightenment: Three Approaches to Connecting Texts and Textiles in 18th century Bengal,” April 3, 2023.
  • Colloquium: Sohini Sarah Pillai, “A Bhakti Mahabharata for Aurangzeb? Sabalsingh Chauhan’s Bhasha Retelling of the Epic,” April 4, 2023.
  • Colloquium: Kashshaf Ghani, “Seeking Allah and Krishna: Sufism and Religious Interactions from South Asia,” April 5, 2023.
  • Colloquium: SherAli Tareen, “Contests over the Boundaries of Hindu-Muslim Friendship,” April 6, 2023.
  • Colloquium: Jyoti Gulati Balachandran, “Socio-Political Dimensions of Spiritual Practice in Gujarat: Notes from Two 15th century Sufi silsilahs,” April 7, 2023.
  • Colloquium: Shankar Ayillath Nair, “Rāma and Sītā as Adam and Eve: The Rāmāyaṇa through the Prism of the Persian Romance,” April 12, 2023.
  • Prize Nomination: Biennial prize for best book on the medieval Middle East (ca. 500-1500 CE). The Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists, April 15, 2023.
  • Conference: Policing Issues in the 21st Century, AALS, April 28, 2023.
  • Global Academy Award, 2023-2024: The MESA Global Academy, May 1, 2023.
  • Conference: Seventh Conference for Junior Researchers, The Law and Society Association at Stanford Law School (LSAS), May 5, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Cambridge International Law Journal Volume 12(2), May 12, 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.
  • Wallace Johnson First Book Program, July 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.
  • 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.

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