Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Some Critical Reflections on al-Jāḥiẓ’s Notions of Ṭabʿ and Ṭibāʿ (Innate Dispositions)" (The Australian Journal of Islamic Studies 6, no. 2 (2021)) Zaid Alamiri critically reflects on al-Jāḥiẓ's (d. 868) understanding of innate disposition and its relation to free will. In "Law and Vision A Reading of Islamic Culture and the Socio-Spatial Structure of Traditional … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Sarah Obama,  former U.S. President Barack Obama's grandmother, passed away and was buried at a funeral held under Islamic rites. Purpose of Life, the organization that published the name of the British grammar school teacher who was suspended after showing a depiction of Prophet Muhammad, was accused of endangering the safety of the teacher.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia announced that a coronavirus vaccine would be mandatory in order to participate in this year's pilgrimage (hajj). The Muslim Council of Britain recently issued its latest coronavirus best practices, including Ramadan safety guidance. In an attempt to tighten its COVID restrictions, Turkey announced that communal means during Ramadan would be prohibited.

Thank you, Kristina Richardson!

Thank you, Kristina L. Richardson, for joining us as guest blog editor throughout March. In case you missed any of her blog posts, here they are: Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History Ibāḍism in the Medieval Sahel A “Jabri” madhhab of the early modern Sudan? Thank you! Follow Professor Richardson's scholarly work … Continue reading Thank you, Kristina Richardson!

Field Guide to Islamic Law Online

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The Field Guide to Islamic Law Online, in the form of a Google document, is a collection of resource links and annotations to SHARIAsource and other Harvard resources, global online digital resources, and a robust “Digital Islamic Law Collection.” We recently added exciting resources to this list: Usman dan Fodio Jihad Poetry Manuscripts: "The aim … Continue reading Field Guide to Islamic Law Online

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Islamic Studies in Australia’s Higher Education Sector" (The Australian Journal of Islamic Studies 6, no. 2 (2021)), Adis Duderija (Griffith University) and Jessica Mamone (Griffith University) collect any discuss data from 2017 on the state of substantive Islamic studies courses taught at top Australian universities. In "Arabic Language Learning Reconstruction as a Response To … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Islamic Studies in Australia’s Higher Education Sector" (The Australian Journal of Islamic Studies 6, no. 2 (2021)), Adis Duderija (Griffith University) and Jessica Mamone (Griffith University) collect any discuss data from 2017 on the state of substantive Islamic studies courses taught at top Australian universities. In "Civilised or Savage: The Effect of Colonialism’s Dichotomus … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Strasbourg (France) recently approved a grant to a Turkish diaspora association to build a mosque in the city, a move that has been harshly criticized by the French government. The High Court of Malaysia allowed a woman’s petition to challenge her conversion to Islam, which she argued was carried out by her father against her … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Dar-al-Aftah of Pakistan, in consultation with other Islamic scholars, announced in its fatwā that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. AstraZeneca recently responded to concerns from the Muslim world and especially from Indonesia that its COVID-19 vaccine contains ingredients whose consumption is prohibited by Islam, stating that the vaccine does not contain any … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Prof. Mohammad Fadel

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Prof. Mohammad Fadel entitled "Form, Function and Historical Development of Mukthasars in Post-Mamluk Islamic Law," delivered on February 24, 2021 at 11am (EST), 5pm (Münster) 7pm (Istanbul) via Zoom. Professor Fadel’s lecture described the history, purpose, and nature of late medieval Mālikī mukhtaṣars. … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Prof. Mohammad Fadel