Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS

  • “Military grocery stores need to provide more options to meet the needs of service members and families with religious dietary requirements, a pair of congressional lawmakers told the Defense Commissary Agency director in a [recent letter].”
  • Responding to widespread criticism regarding the state’s treatment of women’s rights, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban government, said: “Men and women in Afghanistan have rights, and the Islamic Emirate is committed to providing those rights as endorsed by Islamic law. The Islamic Emirate strives to address the rights of all citizens of the country.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.”
  • Saudi Arabia has issued new sukuk (Islamic bonds) worth SAR64 billion ($17 billion)[.]”

CASES AND FATWĀS

  • Kuwait has issued a new fatwa (a ruling from the point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority) that will prohibit companies and banks from marketing their products in mosques.”
  • “The Madhya Pradesh High Court [India] has delivered a complex judgment on inter-faith marriage. In a case involving a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, the court ruled that their marriage wouldn’t be considered valid under Islamic law, even if they registered under the Special Marriage Act (SMA) of 1954.”
  • “The Allahabad High Court‘s Lucknow bench [India] has ruled that married Muslim individuals cannot claim rights to a live-in relationship as ‘Islamic tenets do not permit’ such a relationship while the spouse is still alive. The court said the position, however, might differ if the ‘two people were unmarried and the parties being majors chose to lead their lives in a way of their own.'”

UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

PIL & Harvard Calendar:

Calendar:

  • 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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