Uncommon Common Sense: What We May Never Know About Mutʿa Marriage

By Rami Koujah This post is part of a series of posts on the latest publication in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Hossein Modarressi’s Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law. This series of posts take a deeper dive into the book, which examines the main characteristics of the … Continue reading Uncommon Common Sense: What We May Never Know About Mutʿa Marriage

An Excerpt from Text and Interpretation on Mutʿa Marriage

By Hossein Modarressi Edited and summarized by Rami Koujah This post is part of a series of posts on the latest publication in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Hossein Modarressi’s Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law. This series of posts take a deeper dive into the book, which … Continue reading An Excerpt from Text and Interpretation on Mutʿa Marriage

16 Reasons Why: Forgery and the Household of the Prophet

By Rami Koujah This post is part of a series of posts on the latest publication in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Hossein Modarressi’s Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law. This series of posts take a deeper dive into the book, which examines the main characteristics of the … Continue reading 16 Reasons Why: Forgery and the Household of the Prophet

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Navigating Colonial Law in a 'Sea of Islands'" (Law & Social Inquiry Online (December 3, 2021)), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia) reviews Nurfadzilah Yahaya's Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Laws and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020). In "Rumi without Islam: the cultural appropriation of Rumi" (Bayt Al … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Research on Islamic corporate social responsibility and Islamic bank disclosures" (Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 2021) Ardi Gunardi (Universitas Pasundan) and colleagues examine the corporate social responsibility disclosures made in the Islamic banking and finance sector, with a focus on board structure, ownership structure, CEO power, and what they term "shariah governance." Challenging … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Book Talk: Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law by Dr. Elias Saba on November 17, 2020 @12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that it is hosting a book talk by Dr. Elias Saba (Senior Lecturer at Grinnell College) titled "Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law."  The talk will focus on Saba's book with the same title. The event, which will … Continue reading Book Talk: Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law by Dr. Elias Saba on November 17, 2020 @12:00 – 1:00 PM

Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

The blog "Law and Other Things" recently featured a book review of Governing Islam: Law, Empire and Secularism in South Asia (2018), written by Jeffrey Redding. The book, authored by Julia Stephens, explores the colonial underpinnings of contemporary struggles between Islam and secularism in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Here is an excerpt of the book review: Stephens’ … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Redding Responds to Stephens’ “Governing Islam”

Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

The South African newspaper Mail & Guardian recently featured a book review of Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World (2018), by Raficq S. Abdullah and Mohamed M. Keshavjee. The book explores the history of sharīʿa and its role in the modern world. Here is an excerpt of the book review: While the authors … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

Islamic Law in “Plain English”

The following book reviews are contributed by Ari Schreiber. *** Muhammad’s Heirs: The Rise of Muslim Scholarly Communities, 622-950 by Jonathan E. Brockopp (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Editor’s note: Jonathan Brockopp’s Muhammad’s Heirs sheds light on the early development of Islamic legal scholarship between its inherited tradition and its history. As a critical look at … Continue reading Islamic Law in “Plain English”

The Role of Maqāṣid in Ijtihād

By Mohammad A. Abderrazzaq Primary Source book: Princeton collection version of Vol. 4 of Shāṭibī, Ibrahīm ibn Mūsa. al-Juzʼ al-awwal [-al-rābiʿ] min kitāb al-muwāfaqāt. Tūnis: Maṭbaʻat al-Dawlah al-Tūnisiyyah, 1302 [1884]. It is housed under the Princeton University Arabic collection, cn. 9402587.01.; Princeton University Arabic collection., Phase II. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101076413028;view=1up;seq=28 Area: Maqāṣid Topic: The Role of Maqāṣid … Continue reading The Role of Maqāṣid in Ijtihād