On Islamic Law
- In “Human Rights Norms from Below” (Yale Journal of International Law 48, no. 1 (2023)), Adnan A. Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School) “argues that effective promotion of human rights requires engaging the society below, where a norm will operate, and crafting methods that will best advance norms in that context.”
- Ahmad Atif Ahmad (University of California, Santa Barbara) reviews Hossein Modarresi‘s (Princeton University) Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law (Harvard University Press, 2022) in the Journal of the American Oriental Society (143, no. 2 (2023)).
- In “All you need to know about Divorce, Judicial Separation, and Annulment of Marriage in the UAE” (Professional Lawyer, June 7, 2023), Dr. Hassan Elhais discusses the recent state of Islamic family law in the UAE.
- Women and Religion in Britain Today: Belonging (Vernon Press, 2023), edited by Yvonne Bennett (Canterbury Christ Church University), brings together chapters by scholars on how British women navigate religion and everyday life, including Muslim women in the UK and how they navigate Islamic legal practices.
- In “Restraint in the Classical Islamic Law” (Southwestern Journal of International Law 29, no. 1 (2023)), Zezen Zaenal Mutaqin (Indonesian International Islamic University) explores “the juridical discourse of restraining violence in armed conflict from an Islamic law perspective.”
- In “Rethinking the Tales of the Sharie’a: God is Not a Juristic Person, But the Mosque Is” (Southwestern Journal of International Law 29, no. 1 (2023)), Mohamed ‘Arafa (Alexandria University Faculty of Law, Egypt) argues that “[w]hile religious legal systems are often thought of as rigid, Islamic law has shown itself fully compatible with modern corporate needs. As such, the notion of corporate legal personality is compatible with Islamic law.”
- In “Islamic Law as Hermeneutic Developments Within Traditionalist Islam in Indonesia” (Southwestern Journal of International Law 29, no. 1 (2023), Mark Cammack (Southwestern Law School) argues that “Indonesians who have training in the classical tradition of Islam are not only some of the country’s best scholars; they are also the most socially progressive interpreters of Islamic law.”
On Islam and Data Science
- In “Islamic Law and Community Economic Empowerment” (International Journal of Integrative Sciences 2, no. 3 (2023)), Samsuddin and others (Faculty of Sharia and Law, Institut Agama Islam As’adiyah Sengkang) find that “the Islamic economic system emphasizes the creation of equitable income distribution, not only to fulfill individual interests but also public interests.”
- The recording of the 9th IDHN Conference from May 30, 2023 has been published on YouTube.
- MESA Global Academy alumnus Dr. Utku Balaban (Xavier University) did a “Twitter takeover” for Middle East Report and Information Project (MERIP) on May 13, 2023, in which he tweeted extensively on the Turkish elections.
- MESA Global Academy scholar Dr. Haroun Rahimi (American University of Afghanistan) wrote on
“Islamic Law, the Taliban, and the Modern State” for our Blog. 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.”
- Zezen Zaenal Mutaqin (S.J.D., UCLA School of Law) started teaching at a newly established university, the Indonesian International Islamic University (IIIU).
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:
- Manuscripts of the Islamic World at Princeton University “offers a curated selection of extraordinary manuscripts hosted or held by Princeton University Library. The manuscripts are predominantly in Arabic, but there are also many in Persian and Ottoman Turkish. “
- Religious Studies: Islam at the University of Regina is “[a] guide to library resources in religious studies.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
PIL & Harvard Calendar:
- Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
- Internship opportunity: The Executive Office of the President, White House, various deadlines.
- Position opening: Academic mentor and field researcher in Iraq, Cordoba Peace Institute-Geneva (CPI) & ETH Zurich, rolling basis.
- Position opening: Academic mentor for researcher in Mogadishu, Cordoba Peace Institute-Geneva (CPI) & ETH Zurich.
- Summer Program: Comparative Law, AALS, May 15-June 16, 2023.
- Summer School: Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World, Leiden University, June 16, 2023.
- Book talk: “Copyright in Islamic Law” by Dr. Mohamed Ali Ahdash, June 19, 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.