Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Discussions to reform Egypt's personal status and family law have been ongoing for years, with competing political factions trying to wield influence over the reform process. International arbitration systems have been developing judicial standards to resolve complex Islamic finance disputes. Some pundits have argued that Justice Alito's reference to a … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "The Battle Over Family Law in Egypt Shows Only the Personal Can Be Political, And Then Only So Far" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 12, 2022), Nathan J. Brown (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences), commenting on recent attempts to reform Egyptian personal law, argues that "[e]ven in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Scholars of Islamic law have continued to debate the question of whether the use of cryptocurrencies is permissible under Islamic law.  For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here. Some Muslim rights … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Judicial Crisis in Damascus on the Eve of Baybars’s Reform: The Case of the Minor Orphan Girl (651–55/1253–57)" (Islamic Law and Society (March 23, 2022)), Mariam Sheibani (The University of Toronto Scarborough) "reconstructs a late-Ayyubid court case in Damascus that was litigated repeatedly between 651/1253 and 655/1257, five years … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Dr. Sohail Hanif, who became National Zakat Foundation's Chief Executive in November 2021, appeared in a podcast for islamic21c.com to speak about "the power of zakat." The Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan asked the government to end interest-based banking by 2027. Some Muslim jurists have cautioned Muslims against making their … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Mut'ah Marriage Position In The National Law System And Islamic Law" (Veteran Justice Journal 3, no. 2 (2022)), Ainul Yakin (Universitas Nurul Jadid) "examines the position of mutáh marriage in the [Indonesian] national legal system and Islamic law. " Oliver Scharbrodt (Lund University) reviews Rachel M. Scotta's (Virginia Tech) … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS After Yul Edochie, the Nollywood actor and politician, announced that he has a second wife who has delivered a baby boy, debates about Nigeria's marriage laws and the interaction between Islamic polygamous marriages and civil marriages that do not permit polygamy have resurfaced. The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

By Raha Rafii Grand Muftī Shawky Ibrahim Allam of Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ issued a fatwā in December 2017[1] stating that any and all uses of cryptocurrency was ḥarām, or forbidden—including purchasing, selling, and leasing. The al-Azhar-affiliated Dār al-Iftāʾ was established in 1895 with the Grand Muftī as its head; throughout its history it served a … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Some pundits have argued that the recent presidential campaign in France, and the candidates' statements about Islam "that seek[] to protect laïcité and regulate Islam contradictorily entangle[] state and religion ever closer." "Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb announced that congratulating Christians on holidays is not out of courtesy or formalities … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond (ed. Élise Franssen, Venice: Edizioni Ca' Foscari, 2022) "gathers eight contributions investigating the readings of different authors [of Islamic law] from different points of view," with an emphasis on scrutinizing the works these authors have read. In "The Pandemic and the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup