A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

By Nathalie Gunasekera  This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Abstract: In November 2009, Switzerland passed a popular initiative prohibiting the construction of minarets. In response, Mr. Ouardiri, a Muslim living in Switzerland, challenged … Continue reading A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

The Supreme Court of India Weighs in on Muslim Personal Law

By Nathalie Gunasekera  This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Abstract: Khursheed Ahmad Khan v. State of U.P. is a recent Indian Supreme Court case. Khursheed Ahmad Khan (appellant), a Muslim civil servant, married … Continue reading The Supreme Court of India Weighs in on Muslim Personal Law

Shifting Religious Landscapes: From Istanbul to Ayodhya

By Abtsam Saleh This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. On 9 November 2019, the Supreme Court of India declared the final judgement in the case regarding disputed land in the Ayodhya region in … Continue reading Shifting Religious Landscapes: From Istanbul to Ayodhya

Leveling the Field

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Abstract Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 1328/728) was a prominent Ḥanbalī scholar of the Mamlūk period. His position on sharecropping (a contract where one party … Continue reading Leveling the Field

Reconciling through Interests

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Abstract Ibn Qudāma (d. 620/1223) argues in his ​Mughnī​ for the validity of the ​muzāraʿa​ contract, a form of sharecropping contract. In this … Continue reading Reconciling through Interests

Jurisdiction over Germination

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Summary Qalqashandī’s rendering in ​Ṣubḥ al-Aʿshā of an earlier decree for the appointment of a Ḥanbalī judge provides important insights into the quadripartite … Continue reading Jurisdiction over Germination

Digital Gazetteer Spotlight: al-Ṯurayyā Project

By Saqib Qureshi This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Digital gazetteers ideally allow for not only the visualization of geographic localities, but also the ability to link them with relevant attributes such as … Continue reading Digital Gazetteer Spotlight: al-Ṯurayyā Project

“What Geography and Maps Can Sound Like” DILL with Najam Haider July 10, 2020

In our last Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL), Professor Najam Haider from Barnard College of Columbia University joined us to discuss how textual sources, with the proper computational power, can self-generate maps and geographic designations. Haider’s interest in geography and maps began during his graduate career where he reconstructed legal practices in cities such as … Continue reading “What Geography and Maps Can Sound Like” DILL with Najam Haider July 10, 2020

Ijtihād on Artificial Insemination

By Nicholas Kellum This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab.  In 1983 at its Third Islamic Summit Conference, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation founded the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (“IIFA”).[1]  Based in Jeddah, Saudi … Continue reading Ijtihād on Artificial Insemination