Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Navigating Colonial Law in a 'Sea of Islands'" (Law & Social Inquiry Online (December 3, 2021)), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia) reviews Nurfadzilah Yahaya's Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Laws and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020). In "Rumi without Islam: the cultural appropriation of Rumi" (Bayt Al … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Following the beheading of Samuel Paty, a French teacher of civics, for showing caricatures of the Prophet in class during a discussion on French secularism or laicité, French teachers reported finding conversations around the issue to be increasingly difficult and volatile. Japanese Muslims expressed their frustration with the difficulty to find burial facilities and locations … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News 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

Supreme Court’s Trump v. Hawaii

By Gamal Gasim, PhD (Grand Valley State University) After only one week in the White House oval office, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769 (EO-1) ordering a temporary ban on entries to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. The original list included Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Iran, and Somalia. The EO-1 … Continue reading Supreme Court’s Trump v. Hawaii

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Murray v. Geithner (E.D. Mich. 2011): U.S. Financial Bailout Ruled Nondiscriminatory

Plaintiff Kevin Murray, an American taxpayer, sued Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve, arguing that the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA), which established the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by allowing funds to be used to support companies that invest … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Murray v. Geithner (E.D. Mich. 2011): U.S. Financial Bailout Ruled Nondiscriminatory

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Priddy v. Garman (W.D.Va. 2012): Prisoner Challenges Muslim Group Prayers

Plaintiff Joey Kenneth Priddy, a Virginia inmate, filed this civil rights action alleging that the Respondents, various prison officials at Bland Correctional Center, violated his constitutional rights by allowing Muslim inmates to conduct prayer groups in common areas of the prison facility. The Plaintiff sought preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. The District Court dismissed the … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Priddy v. Garman (W.D.Va. 2012): Prisoner Challenges Muslim Group Prayers

Hawai’i v. Trump (D. Haw. 2017): Defeat of the “Muslim Ban” 2.0

By Katherine Gonzalez On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump, issued a revised Executive Order which barred, with certain exceptions, entry to the United States of nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries, suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days, and reduced the number of refugees who can be admitted to the United States … Continue reading Hawai’i v. Trump (D. Haw. 2017): Defeat of the “Muslim Ban” 2.0

Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (D. Md. 2017): Muslim Ban 2.0 Case

By Katherine Gonzalez On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump, issued a second Executive Order which barred, with certain exceptions, entry to the United States of nationals from predominantly Muslim countries. This order barred nationals from six Muslim-majority countries (the original seven except for Iraq), suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days, and … Continue reading Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (D. Md. 2017): Muslim Ban 2.0 Case

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutionalism

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Noah Feldman, Imposed Constitutionalism 37 Conn. L. Rev. 857-889 (2005) Summary: Written in response to his involvement in Iraq’s restructuring [though carefully mentioning that he had no direct involvement in the writing of the Iraqi constitutional draft, but was an adviser in the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) process, see p. 858] … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutionalism