Islamic Law in the News Roundup


  • “[T]otal sharia-compliant assets grew by 8 per cent in 2023 (56 per cent of which comes from banking assets), according to data from S&P Ratings, compared with 9.4 per cent the previous year, with high-single digit growth once again forecast for the year to come.”
  • Wahed Inc, a U.S.-based Islamic-finance fintech startup backed by Saudi Aramco, will acquire Niyah Ltd, a British company that runs a digital banking app designed for the Muslim community, the companies said[.]”
  • “The Islamic Enlightenment Society (IES) [of Gambia] urged National Assembly Members to repeal the law” prohibiting female genital mutilation.  “We should be allowed to practice what we believe in, the law should be repealed and allow anyone that wants to practice it to do so, and those against it not to do it,” a society member said.
  • “[D]uring his welcoming remarks at the Global Forum on Islamic Economics and Finance (GFIEF)” the head of the Malaysian National Bank remarked: “We look forward to efforts that will support these propositions, including closer engagements with multilateral institutions and investors, as well as initiatives to enhance the regulatory environment to facilitate the application of a more diverse range of Shariah contracts[.]”


  •  “[A]n Islamic seminary in Lucknow [India] has issued a fatwa (an edict by a recognised religious authority on a point of Islamic law) asking people not to cut trees and burn crops as part of initiatives to curb global warming.”
  • After “[t]he Madhya Pradesh High Court [India] delivered a complex judgment on inter-faith marriage [i]n a case involving a Hindu woman and a Muslim man,” “rul[ing] that their marriage wouldn’t be considered valid under Islamic law, even if they registered under the Special Marriage Act (SMA) of 1954,” one Indian Supreme Court advocate commented: “The said judgement, apart from being regressive, also fails to consider the very purpose of the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The SMA was enacted to provide a comprehensive remedy and solution to those individuals who chose to get married to someone of a different faith/belief system[.]”



PIL & Harvard Calendar:


  • Call for Papers: New England Medieval Consortium 2024: “Books and Transgressions,” Boston College, June 15, 2024 (Conference: November 16, 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 Papers: Law, colonialism and gender in the Muslim world, July 1, 2024 (Conference: December 19-20, 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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