Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • In “My Father, The Madrasah, and Me” (Zocalo Public Square, March 20, 2014), Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi reflects on his father and his own experience learning Islamic sciences (and Islamic law) in traditional madrasas in Nigera.
  • In “Analysis of the Influence of Fiqh and Maqasid al-Syariah in the Formation of Islamic Legal Policy in Indonesia” (West Science Islamic Studies 2, no. 1 (2024)), Sabil Mokodenseho (Institute Agama Islam Muhammadiyah Kotamobagu) and others “delve[] into the complex interplay of Fiqh and Maqasid al-Syariah in shaping Islamic legal policy in Indonesia, employing qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews, content analysis, and document analysis. The study reveals the explicit incorporation of Fiqh in legislation and its influence on judicial decisions, highlighting the enduring role of traditional Islamic jurisprudence.”
  • In “Inheritance Rights: Differences between Boys and Girls from an Islamic Law Perspective” (International Seminar of Islamic Studies 6 (2024)) Harisman Harisman (Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara) discusses the rationales behind the distribution of inheritance shares among female and male heirs.

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “The Convergence of Islamic Law and Technology in The Enforcement of Citizen’s Constitutional Rights in The Era Society 5.0” (KnowledgeE, January 11, 2024), Siti Fatimah (Universitas Sebelas Maret) and others “describe the convergence of Islamic law and technology in enforcing the constitutional rights of citizens in the era of Society 5.0 as an effort to create democracy and enforcement of the law that is fair and transparent through independence and freedom to express opinions, as well as the right to share and receive information by citizens of the Internet in electronic media, social media, in particular.”
  • The Pew Center published results of a recently-conducted poll: “Most Americans who say religion’s influence is shrinking are not happy about it. Overall, 49% of U.S. adults say both that religion is losing influence and that this is a bad thing. An additional 8% of U.S. adults think religion’s influence is growing and that this is a good thing.”


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:

  • Fiqh Database is a webpage dedicated to answering questions related to Islamic law.  The database is maintained by the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR), which is “an Islamic center serving as a masjid, school, and a gathering place for the Muslim community in the Triangle region of North Carolina.”


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:

  • 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.
  • Conference: The 2024 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award Presentation and Conference, May 16-17, 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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