Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Ana Echevarría captures changes in the field around local understandings of Mudejar as a specific Iberian category to a more comprehensive approach as one of many Muslim minorities in the Middle Ages in "Muslim minorities versus Mudejars: From the margins to the central stage of Iberian history," History Compass. In "Negotiating Mughal Law: A Family … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (3/3)

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Brooklyn mosques close indefinitely as number of positive COVID-19 cases rise. Egypt … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (3/3)

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Shamshad Pasarlay discusses the Afghan Shīʿī communities’ position on the idea of constitutionalism and their vision for a modern constitutional state in "Shīʿī Constitutionalism in Afghanistan: A Tale of Two Draft Constitutions", Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World (originally published in the Australian Journal of Asian Law). Drawing on two draft constitutions that … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Message from the Director

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that Mona Rahmani has joined the Program as our new Associate Director. Mona comes to Harvard with deep experience and vast background in data-driven research, international relations, and higher education administration. She brings these skills to the growing community of Islamic law … Continue reading Message from the Director

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (2/3)

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Kuwait amends the adhan to urge prayer at home amidst mosque closures. … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (2/3)

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Daniel Peterson discusses a 2013 decision of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) and a series of lower court judgments issued following that decision in "Case Note: Constitutional Court Decision No 93/PUU-X/2012 on Shari’a Banking Dispute Resolution," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal (originally published in Australian Journal of Asian Law).

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (1/3)

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. Bahrain's Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim calls for the suspension of religious and social activities throughout the country. Iran cancels … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup (1/3)

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Sohaira Siddiqui explores how scholars grappled with questions of human reason and knowledge, challenging dominant ideas of Shari'a in "Law and Politics under the Abbasids: An Intellectual Portrait of al-Juwayni," Cambridge University Press. Siddiqui highlights the interconnections between al-Juwayni's discussions on theology, law and politics, and the socio-political intellectual landscapes that forged them. In "Consent … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Iran’s Judiciary and Gender-Discriminatory Laws

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian Three Iranian courts made headlines over the summer. A trio of decisions advancing the cause of women’s rights promised new avenues for lawyers and activists and at the same time, highlighted the shortcomings of Iran’s legal and judicial system. The decisions were delivered by three courts with different jurisdictions and various … Continue reading Iran’s Judiciary and Gender-Discriminatory Laws

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In "The Problem of Authorship and Pseudepigraphy in Islamic Intellectual History," Journal of the History of Ideas blog, W. Sasson Chahanovich addresses the problem of the author in Islamic intellectual history. Chahanovich aims to fill the gap on the lack of research on the topic of ‘forgery,’ i.e. pseudepigraphy, which is "the much-maligned twin of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup