Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, together with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other officials and crew were killed on Sunday when their helicopter crashed during bad weather in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.  . . . Raisi’s death might also facilitate an early election to replace Iran’s Supreme Leader.”
  • India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared his support for a Uniform Civil Code and has “accuse[d] Congress of supporting Islamic law . . . under the guise of Muslim Personal Law.”
  • eToro, the trading and investing platform, has partnered with Arabesque AI, an investment advisory and technology company, to launch a new Sharia-compliant portfolio for users in the Middle East.”
  • “The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is interested in issuing bonds in local currency with Azerbaijani banks to finance small and medium-sized businesses, ABC.AZ reports, quoting Baku Stock Exchange’s chairman of board Ruslan Khalilov.”
  • “Religious scholars and muftis from various schools of thought have collectively denounced the convictions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the Iddat case, calling the court’s decision contrary to Islamic principles and a malicious conspiracy.”
  • “Muslims in Nigeria have been urged to seek knowledge on Islamic jurisprudence, especially related to war and peace, as part of efforts to resolve the multifaceted socio-economic and political challenges facing humanity.”


  • In Pakistan, “[a] writ petition has been filed in the Federal Shariat Court’s Lahore Registry challenging Section 9 of the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961, which requires a man to obtain the consent of his first wife before contracting a second marriage.”


PIL & Harvard Calendar:


  • Position opening: Musawah Programme Officer for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region, May 31, 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.
  • Symposium: Knowledge in the Islamic Court: Evidence, Proof, Procedure Symposium – May 14-15, 2025 (Rabat, Morocco), June 30, 2024.
  • Prize: Best dissertation, Middle East Medievalists, 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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