Weekend Scholarship Roundup


On Islamic Law

  • Relationships Rights and Legal Pluralism: The Inadequacy of Marriage Laws in Europe (Routledge, 2025) (forthcoming), edited by Mateusz Stępień and Anna Juzaszek (Jagiellonian University) “brings together leading social and legal scholars to tackle the incompatibility of marriage laws with contemporary social reality in Europe.”  “The third part of the book features empirical research on the marital experiences of two communities: Muslims and migrants. The chapters concentrate on polygyny among female converts to Islam, the importance of religious knowledge for practising Muslim women in securing rights in their marital relationships, transnational and interreligious marriages, and the impact of acculturative orientation and position in the dual labour market on the choice of life partner among Polish migrant women.”
  • Nigerian Land Law and Custom (Routledge, 2024, original publication 1951) by T. Olawale Elias, recently republished, is described as “an excellent comparative study of the whole system of land tenure in Nigeria.”

On Islam and Data Science

  • In “Effect of Shariah compliance on financing decisions: empirical evidence from GCC” (Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, January 2, 2024), Omar Ikbal Tawfik (Dhofar University, Oman) and Hamada Elsaid Elmaasrawy (Tanta University) “examine the effect of companies’ Shariah compliance (SC) debt financing decisions, financing with retained earnings (REs), cash holdings, capital expenditures and dividend pay-out policies.”


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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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