Prisons, Abolition and Islamic Legal Discourse

By Adnan Zulfiqar  This post is the fourth and last in a series of four posts on obligation, jihād, revolution and prisons. Over the past several years, there has been a surge of interest in anti-carceral ideas in the United States arising out of greater public awareness of systemic problems in its criminal system. This … Continue reading Prisons, Abolition and Islamic Legal Discourse

Islamic Jurisprudence for Revolution

By Adnan Zulfiqar  This post is the third in a series of four posts on obligation, jihād, revolution and prisons. In late 2010, a Tunisian fruit seller, frustrated by restrictions on his ability to make a living and constant police harassment, poured gasoline on himself and lit a match. This was largely viewed as the … Continue reading Islamic Jurisprudence for Revolution

The Modern Transformation of the Duty to Fight

By Adnan Zulfiqar  This post is the second in a series of four posts on obligation, jihād, revolution and prisons. In my prior post, I provided a cursory sketch of juristic thought on collective duties between the third/ninth and eighth/fourteenth centuries. Here, I want to demonstrate the potential of premodern thought on legal obligation by … Continue reading The Modern Transformation of the Duty to Fight

Collective Duties (farḍ kifāya) in Islamic Law

By Adnan Zulfiqar  This post is the first in a series of four posts on obligation, jihād, revolution and prisons. Among the most significant challenges in studying or teaching Islamic law is situating it within its proper normative framework. Unfortunately, an account of Islamic law’s historical growth and development is often considered sufficient for understanding … Continue reading Collective Duties (farḍ kifāya) in Islamic Law