Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “A Quran burning and a string of requests to approve protests involving the destruction of more holy books have left Sweden torn between its commitment to free speech and its respect for religious minorities.”
  • “Muslims across Pakistan h[e]ld anti-Sweden protests to denounce burning of Islam’s holy book.”
  • “Citing the plural character of the India Constitution, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), after a marathon meeting here on Wednesday, decided to oppose the uniform civil code.”  A spokesperson said: “Quran is the fundamental religious book of the Muslims and fiqh (Islamic law) are protected by Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution and Quran mandates the believers to follow the injunctions of the holy book[.]”
  • Iran is still meting out harsh punishments on people suspected of involvement in mass protests, including ‘chilling’ executions, a United Nations fact-finding mission said Wednesday.” 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.”
  • In a recent interview, the former French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour stated: “For example, most young Muslims believe that Islamic laws take precedence over the laws of the republic. And what are our leaders doing to combat what they call Islamism? They keep offering more Islam, more mosques, more imams.”
  • The Israeli Knesset is expected “to elect a representative for a committee appointing rabbinic judges [and] also choose three representatives for the committee that chooses qadis, or Islamic law judges, and two representatives to the committee appointing Druze law judges.”
  • “Melbourne-based construction company Bodon Homes [ranked as] one of the first businesses in Australia to finance the acquisition of commercial property and land through NAB’s [National Australia Bank] recently expanded Islamic finance for business customers.”
  • “The Ugandan parliament passed legislation on June 27 to authorise Islamic banking in the country. The law now goes to the president for assent.”


  • King Mohammed VI [of Morocco] has urged African countries to entrust the issuing of fatwas on public affairs to a collective institution made up of moderate, trustworthy religious scholars committed to the immutable values and madh[h]ab of their country.”



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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.
  • 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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