Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “Real estate and business fixed assets in the early Islamic economy from a Zakah perspective” (International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, March 13, 2024),
    Zaid Al-AifariMehmet Bulut and Monzer Kahf (Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University) “confirm the[ir] hypothesis that real estate for investment purposes and business fixed assets were quasi-non-existent during the lifetime of the Prophet (sas) and, therefore, irrelevant from a Zakah perspective.”
  • Sharia and the Modern State: How the British Empire—and its Muslim Subjects—Transformed Islamic Law” (Experts Talk Islam Podcast, February 29, 2024), examines how Sharia changed during the two centuries when the British Empire ruled over large parts of the Muslim world. Surveying two transformational centuries—from around 1750 to around 1950—[it described] what happened to Sharia as British rule fanned out from India (including what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh) to Malaya (including what is today Malaysia and Singapore) then Egypt.”
  • In “Death penalty in Indonesia: between criminal law and Islamic law perspectives” (Legality: Jurnal Ilmiah Hukum 32, no. 1 (2024)), Tongat Tongat (Faculty of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia) “seeks to discuss the implication of the regulation of the death penalty following the promulgation of Law Number 1 of 2023 concerning the Penal Code which has changed the standing of the death penalty from basic punishment to special punishment seen from the perspectives of positive law and Islamic law.”


On Islam and Data Science

  • In “The case of WikiIslam: scientification of Islamophobia or legitimate critique of Islam?” (Ethnic and Racial Studies 47, no. 5 (2024)), Edin Kozaric (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Torkel Brekke (University of Oslo) “introduce and utilize the concept scientification of Islamophobia to analyze a website called WikiIslam, and the way that its contents are used by websites and online users in a complex global ecology of knowledge production and consumption regarding Islam and Muslims.”


The Field Guide to Islamic Law Online is an ever-growing collection of links to hundreds of links to primary sources and archival collections around the world, online.We recently added new resources to this list:

  • Dijital Ilahiyat Arastirmalari of “[t]he Applied Digital Islamicate Studies Educational Program aims to contribute to the digitalizing of Islamicate research’s processes.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • 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.
  • Lecture: From Ownership to Partnership: Rethinking the Theory of Marriage in Islamic Law with Havva Guney-Ruebenacker, Harvard Law School, April 17, 2024.
  • Islamic Law Speaker Series: “The Umayyad Empire” with Andrew Marsham, Program in Islamic Law, May 14, 2024.

Global Calendar:

  • 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.
  • Call for Proposals: Open Source Submissions Program, 2025 Association of American Law Schools Meeting, April 8, 2024.
  • Call for Proposals: Discussion Groups, 2025 Association of American Law Schools Meeting, April 8, 2024.
  • Conference: Middle East, Law, & Practice, New York University Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association, NYU School of Law Greenberg Lounge, April 9, 2024.
  • Summer Course: “Reading Aljamiado Mansucripts,” Mediterranean Studies Summer Skills Seminar, August 12-15, 2024 via Teams (application deadline: April 15, 2024).
  • Call for Submissions: Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, 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.
  • Call for Proposals: Symposium, 2025 Association of American Law Schools Meeting, May 6, 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.
  • Workshop: ASLH Early Career Virtual Workshop, June 30, 2024.
  • Call for Papers: De Jure: Jurnal Hukum dan Syar’iah, June 2024.
  • Call for Proposals: Hot Topics Program, 2025 Association of American Law Schools Meeting, October 14, 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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