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
The European Court of Justice backed a regulation imposed in Belgium's Flemish region to ban the slaughter of livestock that have not been stunned, raising concern among some Muslim and Jewish groups.
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.
In "Don’t Uncover that Face! COVID-19 Masks and the Niqab: Ironic Transfigurations of the ECtHR’s Intercultural Blindness" (International Journal of Semiot Law (2020)), Mario Ricca (University of Parma) investigates whether the pandemic and specifically the mask mandates implemented across Western societies, in some of which there are various cultural and legal prohibitions against Islamic attire, … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship 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
Details of France’s proposed bill to counter what President Macron called “Islamic separatism” began to emerge: the bill seeks to criminalize disclosing data about a person’s location to those who might do harm, to provide for summary trials for perpetrators of online hate crimes, to empower judges to prevent individuals with a certain criminal history … Continue reading 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
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
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
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