Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • Systemic Islamophobia in Canada: A Research Agenda (University of Toronto Press, 2023), edited by Anver M. Emon (University of Toronto Faculty of Law), “presents critical perspectives on systemic Islamophobia in Canadian politics, law, and society, and maps areas for future research and inquiry. The authors consist of both scholars and professionals who encounter in the ordinary course of their work the – sometimes banal, sometimes surprising – operation of systemic Islamophobia.”
  • In “Opportunities and Challenges of the Implementation of Islamic Law in Indonesia” (International Journal of Social Science 2, no. 5 (2023)), Samsidar Jamaluddin (Universitas Islam Negeri, Indonesia) and others argue that “the opportunity to make laws based on or inspired by Islamic law through the mechanism of representative democracy in Indonesia is still wide open.”
  • In “Islamic Law Paradigm of Effort to Children Educational Protection” (International Seminar of Islamic Studies 5 (2023)), Andi Hakim Lubis (Universitas Medan Area, Indonesia) and others assert that “the implementation of children’s right to education [is] an important pillar for efforts to increase the degree of humanity and the advancement of human civilization which in Islam is known as hifz al-‘aql (maintenance of reason).”
  • In “Files from Exile: Qazi (Judge) Marzia Babakarkhail on Women and Justice in Afghanistan” (Manara Magazine, April 27, 2023), Tugela Pepin (Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum) relays the take of the now-exiled female Afghan judge Marzia Babakarkhail on female judges and the treatment of the Afghan judiciary toward women.

On Islam and Data Science

  • Muhammad Lutfi Hakim (Pontianak State Islamic Institute, Indonesia) reviews Islamic Law and Society in Indonesia: Corporate Zakat Norms and Practices in Islamic Banks, by Alfitri, which “presents empirical data of socio-legal aspects on the acceptance of new obligations in Islamic banks that choose to pay zakat—which is effectively a new form of tax.”


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 Law: Main is a “[g]uide to Islamic law resources in the C J Koh Law Library [at the National University of Singaporte] as well as open access resources.
  • Islamic Law : Treatises and Research Guides “is a brief guide to selected University of Wisconsin campus and electronic resources for research in 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.
  • Prize: Alwaleed Bin Talal Graduate Thesis Prize, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, May 19, 2023.
  • Position opening: Managing Editor, Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, May 19, 2023.
  • Call for Entries for ILJ Student Note Competition, May 21, 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.
  • Conference: Seventh Conference for Junior Researchers, The Law and Society Association at Stanford Law School (LSAS), May 5, 2023.
  • Position opening: Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, May 5, 2023.
  • Postdoctoral research associate: The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) and the NEH-funded initiative for Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies (MARBAS) at Princeton University, August 2023, May 7, 2023.
  • Call for papers: Land and Family in Africa: using and avoiding public institutions for a political sociology of law, May 10, 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.
  • Summer Program: Comparative Law, AALS, May 15-June 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.
  • Call for Articles: Bogazici Law Review (Turkey), May 31, 2023.
  • Call for Applications: ASLH Student Research Colloquium, 2023, June 1, 2023.
  • MESA Mentoring Award, June 1, 2023.
  • MESA Jere L. Bacharach Service Award, June 1, 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 School: Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World, Leiden University, June 16, 2023.
  • MESA Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards, July 1, 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.
  • MESA Undergraduate Education Award, August 1, 2023.
  • MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize, August 15, 2023.
  • 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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