Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that ‘when the Taliban enacted restrictive bans on higher education for women, governments from across the Muslim world spoke up to condemn the Taliban’s decision,’ and that they argued that the actions were inhumane and contrary to Islamic beliefs.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.”
  • “Several universities in India have introduced degree courses for students studying Islamic Studies. The medium of instruction for these courses is also offered in Islamic Studies.”
  • “As part of implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC) of Qatar and Indonesian Supreme Court, a delegation of 15 judges of Indonesia’s Religious Courts [participated] in a five-day training held by SJC.”
  • “The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi State [Nigeria], Mr Yusuf Abdullahi has clamoured for application of Sharia Law to prosecute traffic offenders to stem road crashes in the country.”
  • “In an interview aired on the official Saudi channel Saudia TV on April 7, 2023, Saudi cleric Saleh Al-Moghamsy, former imam and preacher of the prestigious Quba Mosque near Medina, expressed his wish to establish a new Islamic school of jurisprudence and argued that there is a dire need for such a school, saying that reexamination of the work of ancient scholars is inevitable.”
  • Shaykh Dr Rafāqat Rashid, a highly-respected Shariah scholar and London-based general practitioner,” argued that end-of-life care needs to be re-examined from an Islamic law perspective and noted that general statements about the preservation of life fail to recognize the intricacies of the matter.
  • “Authorities in an Indian state [expressed their intention] to ban polygamy as part of a bid by the Hindu-nationalist central government to standardise the civil code across the country.”


  • Dr. Khalid Hanafi [a “member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, based in Dublin, Ireland”] issued a fatwa in which he stressed the permissibility of combining the Maghreb and Isha prayers, as is the case with the followers of AhlulBayet, peace be upon them.”
  • A group of Muslim scholars issued a joint statement endorsing Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current Turkish president, in Turkey’s presidential election, arguing that it is a “religious obligation” for eligible Muslims to vote for him.


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  • Call for Submissions: The UCLA School of Law’s Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL).
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  • Scholarship: Islamic Scholarship Fund CAMBA Law Scholarship 2023.

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