COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refuses to close mosques during Ramadan, despite pleas from doctors and a rising number of infections. In Sudan, hundreds of people perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in mosques and public squares, violating orders that prohibit gatherings and group prayers. Iran allows communal prayers at a select number of mosques and cancels … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Germany's constitutional court overturns blanket ban on religious services during COVID-19, stating that exceptions could be granted. The judgment can be found in German at this link.  Brooklyn's "Al-Rayaan Muslim Funeral Services" navigates burial rituals amidst increased demand for services and grief support. France's Council of Imams in Lyon issues a fatwā temporarily allowing burials … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Monika Zalnieriute and Catherine Weiss analyze the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s (HRC) consideration of legal prohibitions on Islamic face-coverings in Yaker v. France and Hebbadj v. France in "Reconceptualizing Intersectionality in Judicial Interpretation: Moving Beyond Formalistic Accounts of Discrimination on Islamic Covering Prohibitions," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, (originally published … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

A ban on face coverings in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks has once again highlighted the issue of restrictions on religious freedoms in response to public safety concerns. According to the ban: No person shall wear in any public place any garment, clothing or such other material concealing the full face which will … Continue reading In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

  The latest issue of the Journal of Law and Society includes an article about the relationship between colonialism and modern-day French laws against Muslim women's dress: "Of Bodies and Burkinis: Institutional Islamophobia, Islamic Dress, and the Colonial Condition" by Brayson Kimberley Excerpt: "Shifting legal justifications of gender oppression and national security simultaneously obfuscate and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

In the News: Islamic Veils in France

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Committee (which oversees compliance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) declared that France’s ban on full-face veils violates freedom of religion. According to the 2010 French law, “No one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Veils in France

A Brief History of the French Burkini Ban

UK/Europe/Southeast Asia editor Rachel Mazzarella chronicles the history of the French burkini ban and its potential efficacy. She weighs the policy options of the European Court of Human Rights and how it may attempt to integrate concepts of public safety, religious freedom, and personal beliefs in a country where recent terrorist attacks may be stressing traditional beliefs … Continue reading A Brief History of the French Burkini Ban