Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “An Iranian prisoner has had four of his fingers amputated after being accused of stealing five sheep from a farm owned by a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a charge the man denies.” 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.”
  • Iran has had an upsurge in online gambling cases, which the country’s penal code, according to its interpretation of Islamic law, prohibits and punishes.
  • Responding to the Federal Court of Malaysia‘s ruling stating that the state of Kelantan could not enact certain laws including those on criminal law, which many considered to be an expansion of state power vis-a-vis the federal government, the Syariah Judiciary Department stated that “[t]he recent landmark judgment on Kelantan syariah criminal law will strengthen Islamic law in Malaysia.”
  • The state of Uttarakhand [India] adopted the Uniform Civil Code outlawing polygamy.
  • Money Maestro, a leading financial institution . . . announce[d] its groundbreaking Shariah-compliant financing products, specifically designed to meet the ethical and religious requirements of its customers.”


  • “By an 8-1 majority, the Federal Court [of Malaysia] ruled . . . that the Kelantan state government did not have the power to enact the laws, on offences from sodomy to sexual harassment, possession of false information, intoxication and scale measurements, because they were already covered in civil law and were the responsibility of the federal parliament.”
  • “A Muslim man has approached the Supreme Court [of India] to challenge a family court’s direction to grant interim maintenance to his divorced wife. “


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Roundtable: Islamic Land Law, Program in Islamic Law, Harvard Law School, February 21, 2024.
  • Talk: “Rivers of the Sultan: The Tigris and Euphrates in the Ottoman Empire” with Faisal Husain, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, February 28, 2024.
  • SHARIAsource Lab :: Hackathon: Arabic OCR Community Scribes, Program in Islamic Law, March 2, 2024.
  • Islamic Law Speaker Series: “The Rise of Critical Islam: 10th-13th Century Legal Debate” with Youcef L. Soufi, Program in Islamic Law, March 5, 2024.
  • Islamic Law Speaker Series: “The Transition of Ottoman Land Law: Theory and Practice between 16th-18th Centuries” with Fatma Gul Karagoz, Program in Islamic Law, April 9, 2024.
  • Fellowship: Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program, April 15, 2024.
  • Islamic Law Speaker Series: “The Umayyad Empire” with Andrew Marsham, Program in Islamic Law, May 14, 2024.

Global Calendar:

  • Leiden Yemeni Studies Lecture Series: Reimaging Peacemaking: Gender, Diaspora, and Peace Democratization in Yemen, February 19, 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.
  • Award: Julien Mezey Dissertation Award Accepting Submissions, March 15, 2024.
  • Conference: The other narratives of early Islam, Goethe-University Frankfurt, March 22-23, 2024.
  • Leiden Yemeni Studies Lecture Series: Indian Problems, Yemeni Solutions? Legal Exchanges in the Sixteenth Century, March 25, 2024.
  • Book award: The Sharmin & Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University, April 1, 2024.
  • Call for Proposals: The 5th Wallace Johnson First Book Mentoring Program, Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, April 1, 2024.
  • Call for Panel Proposals: Conference by Commission on Legal Pluralism and Universitas Indonesia, April 1, 2024.
  • Summer Course: “Reading Aljamiado Mansucripts,” Mediterranean Studies Summer Skills Seminar, August 12-15, 2024 via Teams (application deadline: April 15, 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.
  • Leiden Yemeni Studies Lecture Series: Blessed Aristocracies: Charismatic authority, rural elites, and historiography in Medieval Yemen (6th-9th/12th-15th c.), April 22, 2024.
  • MESA Scholarship: MESA Global Academy, 2024-2025, May 1, 2024.
  • Leiden Yemeni Studies Lecture Series: History of Water Management in Yemen: An Interdisciplinary Study, May 20, 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.
  • Call for Papers: The Medieval Academy at 100, The 2025 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, March 20-22, 2025 (deadline: June 3, 2024).
  • Leiden Yemeni Studies Lecture Series: Mapping the Past, Imagining the Future: Heritage Politics in Ḥūthī Yemen, June 24, 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.
  • Call for Papers: De Jure: Jurnal Hukum dan Syar’iah, June 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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