Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. Russia’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims stated in a ruling that interfaith marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

New debates about Islam in Europe

Talib Shareef, Yaya J. Fanusie, and Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, three African American Muslims with experience in a diverse array of American institutions, including the US Air Force, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security, respectively, recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy.  There, the authors cite and evaluate the existing narratives in circulation on Islam … Continue reading New debates about Islam in Europe

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Rochester Institute of Technology professors developed a new board game titled “New Harvest,” which aims at promoting the teaching of comparative religion and religious law. The game is part of a larger series on different religious traditions titled “Lost & Found.” The many and varied forms of sexual harassment was among the subjects discussed at … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Income Segregation and the Incomplete Integration of Islam in the Paris Metropolitan Area" (Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 6 (2020)), Lucas G. Drouhot (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity), employing "road network analysis" based on "a unique geolocated data set built from online repositories of Muslim institutions," documents … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Criticism of French President Macron, who recently described Islam as “a religion in crisis” and vowed to pass legislation in the coming weeks to allow for greater government control over mosques and their clerics, continued, as some legal scholars have contended that his statements violated both the French Constitution and international law. Others have noted … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

International outcry continued against French President Macron’s statement describing Islam as a “religion in crisis” and announcement that his government would soon advance a bill that would allow for greater government regulation of mosques and their clerics. Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology approved the construction of a Hindu temple whose construction was previously halted by … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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