Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Japan will begin a model project during the current fiscal year to help regional communities attract more foreign visitors with diverse dietary and cultural habits, such as vegetarians and Muslims.”
  • “On April 28, the Supreme Court (SC) [of Philippines] held the first digitalized and regionalized Shari’ah Bar Examinations. Separate from the regular Bar Exams for aspiring lawyers, the Shari’ah Bar is the professional licensure examination covering Islamic law. The exams are now administered by the High Court.”
  • The Senate of the Philippines passed a bill that will create additional sharī’a district and circuit courts.
  • In Nigeria, “[e]xperts in Islamic history, laws and practices have argued that modern realities are pushing for reforms in Muslim family laws so as to reflect a more gender-sensitive approach to the practice of Islam.”
  • “The implementation of public caning for Shariah offenders falls under the jurisdiction of the states, [Malaysia‘s] Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Mohd Na’im Mokhtar said.” 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.”


  • “Top clergy [in Indonesia] have issued fatwas, or edicts, on how to rein in climate change. Neighborhood activists are beseeching friends, family and neighbors that environmentalism is embedded in the Quran.”
  • “For those planning to perform Haj[j] this upcoming season, a fatwa has been issued that bans performing the holy pilgrimage without an official permit. In an announcement, the [Saudi Arabian] Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the Council of Senior Scholars issued a fatwa that banned such practices. They urged those planning to partake in the pilgrimage to adhere strictly to set regulations and guidelines.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:

  • Islamic Law Speaker Series: “The Imam of the Christians: The World of Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, c. 750–850,” with Philip Wood, Program in Islamic Law, May 14, 2024.


  • Postdoctoral researcher position: University of Galway, May 16, 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.
  • International Course on Legal Pluralism: Commission on Legal Pluralism, January 8-11, 2025 (deadline: 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).
  • Conference in Honour of Shaheen Sardar Ali: Modern Challenges to Islamic Law: Exploring New Pathways, Max Planck Institute Hamburg, June 6-7, 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: The XI Islamic Legal Studies Conference, University of Muenster, 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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