Islam and Data Science Roundup

Recently released findings of the US Mosque Survey 2020 revealed that the number of mosques in the United States experienced a steady increase over the years, increasing from 2,106 in 2010 to 2,769 in 2020. Survey findings of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) of France indicated that Anti-Muslim acts and anti-Islamic bias … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

A study by Reuters found that Muslims in France have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic compared to other communities and that the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the total population. A Reuters investigation of Indonesia's banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are "quitting traditional … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indonesian authorities sentenced Islamic cleric Habib Rizieq to eight months of imprisonment for encouraging people to attend mass gatherings amid the pandemic. The Indonesian government, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it was cancelling all pilgrimages to Mecca for the second year in a row.  Saudi Arabian authorities announced that during this year's … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

As talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue, the US peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad's proposal circulated to both parties includes "a High Council for Islamic Jurisprudence," to advise ordinary courts as to matters involving the interpretation of Islamic law. Austrian Muslims have planned to sue the Austrian government under the leadership … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble" (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, May 13, 2021), Myriam Hunter-Henin (University College London) takes a closer look at France's Anti-Separatism Law and compares it with the nation's 1905 Law on separation of state and church. Arzoo Oslano's (University of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Waqf and the Modern State, Capitalism, and the Private Property Regime

By Nada Moumtaz In the numerous small foundations that form the bulk of waqfs in Beirut in the nineteenth century, waqf, I suggested in my previous post, was the material foundation and an important means to live as a good Muslim — to get close to God, to care for one’s family as charity. Besides … Continue reading Waqf and the Modern State, Capitalism, and the Private Property Regime

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Research on Islamic corporate social responsibility and Islamic bank disclosures" (Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 2021) Ardi Gunardi (Universitas Pasundan) and colleagues examine the corporate social responsibility disclosures made in the Islamic banking and finance sector, with a focus on board structure, ownership structure, CEO power, and what they term "shariah governance." Challenging … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Supreme Court of India recently declined to stay several controversial, so-called "anti-love jihād" laws passed by some states that are designed to prevent "forcible conversions" through marriage. Three member organizations of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) objected to the Charter of Principles of Islam that reaffirms the compatibility of Islam with the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Meo High School, reportedly the only school in Paris that had allowed students to wear religious attire and symbols, including headscarves, kippahs, and crucifixes, was shut down on grounds of practicing separatism. Austrian politicians have dropped the controversial phrase "political Islam" and replaced it with "religiously-motivated extremism" in the revised anti-terrorism draft law.

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