Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

The latest issue of the Journal of Women's History includes the following article examining gender, race, class, and patriarchy within the British and colonial legal systems: "Class, White Women, and Elite Asian Men in British Courts during the Late Nineteenth Century" by Nurfadzilah Yahaya British imperial politics was profoundly affected by class alongside gender and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Patriarchy and Colonialism

In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

A ban on face coverings in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks has once again highlighted the issue of restrictions on religious freedoms in response to public safety concerns. According to the ban: No person shall wear in any public place any garment, clothing or such other material concealing the full face which will … Continue reading In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

On Apr 16, Marzieh Tofighi Darian gave a talk on "Judicial Review in Iran: Whose Guardian: Constitution or Sharia?" in which she examined the role of Iran's Guardian Council in evaluating claims of sharīʿa compatibility and constitutional violations. She detailed the Guardian Council’s place in Iran’s constitutional design and the controversies that arise with Parliament … Continue reading Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

Recent Scholarship: European Court of Human Rights Ruling on Religious Symbols

Asim Jusic’s recent article in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion examines a December 2017 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights concerning state limitations on religious symbols. “An (Un)Exceptional Case: Strasbourg’s Court Reserved Nod to Religious Symbols in the Courtroom” In Hamidović v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Court found that convicting a … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: European Court of Human Rights Ruling on Religious Symbols

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaks on His Love for Basketball and Civil Rights

As the keynote address to the 2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium on April 1, former NBA player and civil rights activist Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf spoke about his childhood, basketball career and experience advocating for social justice in the United States. Professor Intisar Rabb initiated the conversation in a “fireside chat” with questions about Abdul-Rauf’s inspiration for … Continue reading Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaks on His Love for Basketball and Civil Rights

Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

During the 2019 Harvard Sports Law Symposium on Monday, April 1st, basketball legend and civil rights advocate Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will share his thoughts and experiences advocating for social justice in the United States. (In the 1990s, Mr. Abdul-Rauf sparked controversy for refusing to stand for the national anthem, and calling the US flag a symbol … Continue reading Monday Event :: Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the First Amendment

Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

  In his 2017 book, Will Hanley discusses the displacement of qāḍī courts with consular tribunals, and questions of religious authority as they competed with new ideas of nationality at the close of the Ottoman Empire and with the rise of British occupation in Egypt. Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria From … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

In the News: Prison Chaplains

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate who had filed a legal challenge after prison officials told him he could only have a Christian chaplain present in the execution chamber—but not a Muslim imam. Domineque Ray’s lawyers had argued that the prison’s policy violated the Establishment Clause of the … Continue reading In the News: Prison Chaplains

In the News: Female Sharīʿa Court Judges

At the end of last year, the BBC compiled a list of “100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.” One of those women was Nenney Shushaidah, who made international headlines in 2016 after she and her colleague became Malaysia’s first female sharīʿa high court judges. In an interview with the BBC, Judge Shushaidah … Continue reading In the News: Female Sharīʿa Court Judges

Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In this article from the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Eva Brems, Saïla Ouald Chaib, and Katrijn Vanhees discuss the status of the "burkini" (body covering swimwear) under Belgian law and policy. "'Burkini' Bans in Belgian Municipal Swimming Pools: Banning As a Default Option" Following the French commotion on the presence of “burkini” wearers at … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium