Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Discrimination Between Muslim Prisoners' Kufis and Jewish Prisoners' Yarmulkes Is Unconstitutional" (The Volokh Conspiracy, February 28, 2022), Eugene Volokh (UCLA Law) refers to the recent case of Moore v. Washington, which held that it was unconstitutional that "[t]he policy at issue made a facially discriminatory distinction between Jewish men, … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Sovereignty, Territoriality and Islamic Private International Law" (SSRN, October 12, 2021), Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) argues that "Islamic international law, in its classical phase (8th – 13th centuries), as first formulated by Iraqi, and later, Central Asian, scholars (who later came to be known as Ḥanafīs), understood all … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Launched in 2017, Morocco's Moussalaha program has been increasingly impactful in helping those incarcerated for terrorism, including, among other things, by focusing on reading and interpreting the sacred texts. Egyptian officials announced that the country will be issuing its first sukuk bond by this June. A new report in the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Women in Saudi Arabia's Dammam region are reported to have been allowed to assume administrative duties in all personal status courts, with expectations that the same policy will be implemented in other regions of the country.  A credit union in Vermont announced that it would begin developing a lending program … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to cut interest rates, arguing that the cut is also in line with Islamic law. In a recent interview, one of the few female judges in Palestine, Kholoud al-Faqeeh, commenting on religious courts and women, stated: "A woman’s whole life cycle is before these … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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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

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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

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: Prisoners’ Rights

Earlier this month, a Muslim civil rights groups raised concerns about the mistreatment and harassment of a Muslim woman inmate in Kansas. According to Muslim Advocates, correctional officers referred to her ḥijāb headscarf (which had been given to her by the prison chaplain) as a “rag” and as “contraband,” and ordered her to remove it … Continue reading In the News: Prisoners’ Rights

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Harvey v. Anderson (W.D.La. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Andre Harvey, a Muslim inmate at the David Wade Correctional Center, filed this action against the Respondent, Chaplain Ray Anderson, for allegedly removing the Plaintiff from the list on inmates approved to receive a religious diet and for denying him access to the Islamic community chapel. The Respondent filed a motion for summary judgment, … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Harvey v. Anderson (W.D.La. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners