Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • Khairudin Aljunied (Georgetown University) reviews Mahmood Kooria‘s Islamic Law in Circulation: Shāfiʿī Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
  • In “The Role Of Islamic Banks In Improving The Indonesian Economy” (International Journal of Education, Vocational and Social Science 3, no. 1 (2024)) Tiffani Tiffani (UIN Imam Bonjol Padang, Indonesia) and others identify principles of Islamic law that banks in Indonesia implement that help to boost the country’s economy, including “the prohibition of usury, profit sharing (Mudharabah and Musyarakah), prohibition of risky or illegal transactions, transparency and openness, fairness and reasonableness, finally community and common interests.”
  • In “Islamic International Law during the Cold War” (in International Law during the Cold War, 1945-1990, eds. Matthew, Craven, Sundhya Pahuja and Gerry Simpson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)), Vanja Hamzić (SOAS) “seeks to provide a broad introduction to the problematics of an Islamic international law and its relationship with international law during the Cold War, paying attention to both juridical and political developments.”

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “The Role of Car Financing In Shaping Islamic Banking Landscape” (Journal of Finance, Accounting and Management 15, no. 1 (2024)), Muhammad Usman (Karachi University Business School, Pakistan), relying on a number of online surveys completed by selected customers, “defines how Islamic banking product Car Ijarah affects the growth, profitability and promotion of Islamic banking division of one of the reputed private banks of Pakistan Bank Al Habib Limited.”


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PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Visiting Researcher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 2024-25, January 15, 2024.
  • Fellowship: The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, Harvard Law School, 2024-2025, February 15, 2024.

Global Calendar:

  • Request for Open Submissions: AALS 2023 Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2023. Submission deadlines vary.
  • Call for Proposals: Law & Society Association Programming Grants, January 8, 2024.
  • Call for Proposals: Law and Society Association Global Collaboration, January 8, 2024.
  • Award Nominations: Law & Society Association, January 10, 2024.
  • Fellowship: Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships in Law & Inequality, Law & Society Association, January 16, 2024.
  • International Conference: Islamic Theology: Uniting Diverse Voices, ISTAC-IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 18-19, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): The jurisprudential corpus and the history of Ibadism in medieval Libya: additions and difficulties, January 24, 2024.
  • Fellowship: Kamel Center at Yale Law School, 2024-2025, January 31, 2024.
  • Position opening: Postdoctoral opportunity in History of Islam/Arabic Studies, Leiden University, February 1, 2024.
  • Call for Papers: MESA 2024, February 15, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Looking for Libya in Coptic-Arabic historiographical sources, February 21, 2024.
  • Book award: The Sharmin & Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University, April 1, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Partnership for Heritage. Documentation and heritage management for the protection of the Nafousa Mountains, April 17, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Between Ṭarābulus and Aṭrābulus. The journey of the toponym and difficulties in determining its form, May 22, 2024.
  • Webinar: Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries): Surveying and documentation of the archaeological city of Barca (Al-Marj), June 26, 2024.
  • Symposium on Copyright in Islamic Legal Tradition, Istanbul, June 28-29, 2024.
  • Search for Editor: International Journal of Middle East Studies, until an appointment is made.
  • 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.
  • Call for Papers: Special Section – Lifewriting Annual and Islam.
  • Call for Manuscripts: Advances in the Study of Islam, Edinburgh University Press.

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