Documents of Sale as Living Objects

By Athina Pfeiffer Professor Marina Rustow's note: "Having been asked twice now to contribute to the ILB, I’ve been making my way into the corpus of Islamic notarial documents preserved in Cairo Geniza. In the hope of understanding them better, I taught a PhD seminar on them in Fall 2022. Two of my students, Amel … Continue reading Documents of Sale as Living Objects

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that overturning restrictions against women is not a priority for the group." The United Nations said that Taliban is divided on the issue. "Nine men were lashed in public in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday [January 17, 2023] as punishment for different crimes … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Getting to know iqrārs

By Amel Bensalim Professor Marina Rustow's note: "Having been asked twice now to contribute to the ILB, I’ve been making my way into the corpus of Islamic notarial documents preserved in Cairo Geniza. In the hope of understanding them better, I taught a PhD seminar on them in Fall 2022. Two of my students, Amel … Continue reading Getting to know iqrārs

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS While attention has been paid to Iran's morality police due to the recent protests there, scholars have also written about how the institution of the morality police manifests itself in jurisdictions other than Iran. "In a two-one majority ruling today, the Court of Appeal [of Malaysia] reversed a High Court's … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Describing the ban on Afghan women working for foreign organisations as 'perplexing,' the [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] called on [the Taliban government] 'to revisit this decision for the sake of social inclusion of women and the undisrupted continuation of the much-needed international humanitarian safety net in Afghanistan.'" For more content … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Why I No Longer Use the Term “Qāḍī-Court Documents”

By Marina Rustow I came into my graduate seminar on Arabic legal documents with some experience in paleography and diplomatics, but vanishingly little knowledge of the material I was going to be teaching. I knew I wouldn’t always, or even often, have answers about how to read the sources, let alone how the judicial system … Continue reading Why I No Longer Use the Term “Qāḍī-Court Documents”

Are Medieval Arabic Judicial Documents as Opaque as They Look?

By Marina Rustow Legal documents have survived from the medieval Islamic world in considerable quantity, but the mystery of their quotidian production and use abides. The mystery concerns personnel and physical location: Who wrote documents, and where? Where did witnesses sign them? To what extent were judges involved in their production and handling? Over the … Continue reading Are Medieval Arabic Judicial Documents as Opaque as They Look?

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Women in Afghanistan carried out a protest against the Taliban-led regime after they banned women from working for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)." "Even before the Taliban barred Afghan women from working at non-governmental groups, their forces visited the office of one local organization in the capital Kabul several times to check … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "The UN experts demanded an immediate cessation of public floggings and execution while reminding the Afghan government of the country’s standing as a state party to both the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights." "The Afghan government on Tuesday barred women from attending private … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "The Islamic Republic [of Iran] has hanged a second protester in less than a week in public on Monday after charging him with killing two members of security forces." As Iran has been executing protesters, some Islamic law scholars in the country have voiced their opposition to the regime's application … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup