Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Persuading the Taliban to Guarantee Education for Afghan Girls and Women” (Jurist, March 30, 2023), L. Ali Khan (Washburn University School of Law) argues that “[t]he Taliban must know that under Islamic law, no government has any lawful right to govern a Muslim nation by proactively keeping Muslim women illiterate.”
  • Andrew F. March (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) reviews Samy A. Ayoub‘s Law, Empire, and the Sultan: Ottoman Imperial Authority and Late Ḥanafī Jurisprudence.
  • In “Libel Law in Malaysia: An Overview” (e-note, 2023), Hasbollah Bin Mat Saad (UCSI University, Malaysia) explores the origins and current state of Malaysian libel law, with a reference to Islamic legal principles.
  • In “Islamic Perspectives on Elective Ovarian Tissue Freezing by Single Women for Non-medical or Social Reasons” (Asian Bioethics Review, January 3, 2023), Alexis Heng Boon Chin (Singapore Fertility and IVF Consultancy Pvt Ltd., Singapore) and others conclude that “upon critical analysis based on Qawā’id Fiqhiyyah (Islamic Legal Maxims), Maqāṣid-al-Shariah (Higher Objectives of Islamic Law), and Maslaḥah-Mafsadah (benefits versus harmful effects on society), elective ovarian tissue freezing by healthy single women for social reasons would likely be a highly contentious and controversial issue within Muslim communities that may conflict with conservative social-religious norms.”

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “Exploring the development of Islamic fintech ecosystem in Indonesia: a text analytics” (Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, January 12, 2023), Fahmi Ali Hudaefi (Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis Islam) and others “aim[] at two objectives, i.e. first, to identify the core elements of the Islamic fintech ecosystem, and second, to use the identified core elements to analyse the development of such an ecosystem in Indonesia.”
  • In Islam, Education and Radicalism in Indonesia: Instructing Piety (Routledge, 2023), edited by Tim Lindsey (University of Melbourne), Jamhari Makruf (Indonesian International Islamic University) and Helen Pausacker (University of Melbourne), authors explore curriculum at Indonesian universities, their incorporation of the study of Islamic law, and radicalization.


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:

  • Global Press Archive is “a program that embraces an unprecedented variety of global news publications, presented in full-image and full-text format optimized for scholarly use.”
  • KotobArabia is “the first online e-bookstore that specializes exclusively in Arabic content. [Its] mission is to create a single web-based source for Arabic literature, knowledge and wisdom, and to make this source available to Arabic speakers and enthusiasts the world over.”


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: 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.
  • Conference: Southeast Asia and the World – 1st Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Conference, Harvard University, April 6-8, 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.
  • Summer Program: Comparative Law, AALS, May 15-June 16, 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.
  • Call for Abstracts: Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative’s Conference, April 28, 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.
  • Call for Panel and Paper Proposals 2023: The American Society of Comparative Law, June 15, 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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