Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Legal experts have commented on the new Civil Transactions Law of Saudi Arabia: “The Civil Transactions Law in Saudi Arabia codifies principles of Sharia and has implications for businesses that enter into commercial contracts in the country, including contractors engaged on construction projects.”
  • Haroun Rahimi, commenting on Islamic criminal law as applied in Afghanistan under the Taliban, recently stated: “Today, Taliban-appointed judges advised by Taliban-appointed muftis, or experts in Islamic law, are empowered to issue up to 39 lashes as the sentence for various acts that the judges and muftis consider punishable.” 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.” 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.”
  • The Oakland Food Pantry operated by Community Human Services has recently told reporters that “[s]ourcing halal meat […] is expensive and hard to find in the charitable food system. “
  • According to Allied Market Research‘s recent report “the global halal food industry generated $2,329 billion in 2022, and is anticipated to generate $7,450.9 billion by 2032, witnessing a CAGR of 12.41% from 2023 to 2032.”


  • “A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife on a charge that their 2018 marriage violated the Islamic law requirement that a woman wait three months before remarriage, his lawyer said.”
  • “A housewife, Sa’adatu Ayuba, has asked a Dei-Dei Grade I Area Court [in Nigeria] for divorce after a 27-year marriage to Jalija, over impotence. The petitioner got married to Jalija by Islamic law in 1997. They are blessed with five children ages 25, 22, 14, nine and seven.”
  • The Supreme Court of India recently held that “Islam does not force on the spouses a life devoid of harmony and happiness and if the parties cannot live together, it permits a separation,” thus granting women “Khula rights” to end their marriage under specific circumstances.


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Fellowship: The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, Harvard Law School, 2024-2025, February 15, 2024.

Global Calendar:

  • 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.
  • Call for Papers: Middle East History and Theory Conference (MEHAT), University of Chicago, January 26, 2024.
  • Position opening: Professor in History of Islamic Art and Architecture, American University in Cairo, January 30, 2024.
  • Call for Papers: Artificial Intelligence: Applications, Academic and Practical Legal Implications, Kuwait International Law School, January 30, 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.
  • Fellowship: UCHV Fellows in Law and Normative Thinking for Academic Year 2024-25, Princeton University, February 2, 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.
  • Fellowship: Anthony Lester Fellowships, 2024-2025, Bard College, February 28, 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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