Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • In his recent address on the occasion of the Eid, Taliban‘s leader remarked: “Praise be to Allah, the Islamic system has been restored under the rule of the Islamic Emirate, the holy Islamic law has been announced and implemented, and important measures have been taken for the elevation of religious rituals and the development and strengthening of religious centers.” 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.”
  • “[The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation of] 57 states said on Sunday collective measures are needed to prevent acts of desecration to the Koran and international law should be used to stop religious hatred after the holy book was burned in a protest in Sweden.”
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres received a letter from senior Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani concerning the recent Quran desecration in Sweden.”
  • Louisville Metro Government [announced that it] is adding a new method to pay off loans through the city’s small business loan program that will comply with Islamic law.”
  • “A suburban Muslim group [in Illinois, USA has been] seeking to raise awareness of two landmark state laws that now require public schools to accommodate students’ religious observances.”
  • The Uganda Law Society called for careful consideration and further deliberation before enacting laws related to Islamic Banking in Uganda.” ““I have an understanding that the staff of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) have not been trained in Sharia Law and Sharia law taxation, and players like us who practice tax have not had time with this,” one pundit remarked.
  • In response to the stoning to death of a man accused of blasphemy, a Nigerian Muslim rights organization commented: “Islamic law does not leave the killing open in the hands of private individuals as it happened in the case of Usman Buda.”
  • Saudi Arabia […] put to death five people convicted of carrying out a deadly attack on a house of worship, state media said, the biggest group execution this year.” For more content and context on harsh interpretations and applications of Islamic criminal law, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Islamic Criminal Law.” For more news blurbs relating to harsh applications of Islamic criminal law, consult our “Islamic Criminal Law in the News Roundup.”
  • “A revered Muslim religious, Sheikh Abuhuraira Abdulrahman Udasan, the first Grand Mufti of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao [Philippines], passed away.”


  • “Amidst the ongoing debate over the legislation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country [India], the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid has reportedly issued a fatwa to Islamic groups to maintain silence on the issue.”
  • Iraqi cleric Ali al-Sistani sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, condemning the recent burning of the Qur’ān in Sweden, calling it a “disgraceful behavior.”  Read the original letter (in Arabic) as well as its English translation on our Portal here.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Global Calendar:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Call for Abstracts: 2nd Global AI + Regulation Emerging Scholars Workshop, October 19-20, apply by July 16, 2023.
  • Poster Session on AI and Society (with Poster Award) (English or French), October 19-20, apply by July 16, 2023.
  • Summer School: Intensive Summer 2023 Intermediate Persian (Online), July 31 – August 27, 2023, application by July 20, 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.
  • Clerkship: Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, Eastern District of New York, 2023-2024, 2024-2025, August 1, 2023.
  • MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize, August 15, 2023.
  • Position opening: The Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University, August 16, 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 Abstracts: Comparative Law Perspectives on the Future of Constitutional Government in the Global World Order, AALS, September 1, 2023.
  • Travel Grant: MESA 2023, September 1, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Legislation & Law of the Political Process, AALS, September 5, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of Religions: “A Critique of the Modern Discourse of Maqāṣid,” September 15, 2023.
  • Call for Papers: Islamic Law & Constitutionalism, AALS Annual Meeting, September 15, 2023.
  • Fall 2023 Works-in-Progress Workshop: Comparative Constitutional Law in the Global South, Columbia Law School, October 20-21, 2023.
  • Prize: Nominations for the Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law, AALS, November 30, 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.
  • Position opening: Postdoctoral opportunity in History of Islam/Arabic Studies, Leiden University, February 1, 2024.
  • MEM Fellowship for Graduate Students of Color.
  • Scholarship: Islamic Scholarship Fund CAMBA Law Scholarship 2023.

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