ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Dr. Sohail Hanif, who became National Zakat Foundation's Chief Executive in November 2021, appeared in a podcast for islamic21c.com to speak about "the power of zakat." The Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan asked the government to end interest-based banking by 2027. Some Muslim jurists have cautioned Muslims against making their … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS After Yul Edochie, the Nollywood actor and politician, announced that he has a second wife who has delivered a baby boy, debates about Nigeria's marriage laws and the interaction between Islamic polygamous marriages and civil marriages that do not permit polygamy have resurfaced. The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Religious Courts" (in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law), Tanja Herklotz (Humboldt University) explores the concept of religious courts, including sharī'a courts, which she defines as "state or non-state dispute settlement fora that base their decisions on religion-based material and procedural laws and whose judges are typically … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Saudi Arabia has approved new personal status laws that aim to enhance the legal status of women and children by enhancing alimony rights of women for childcare, among other things. The Saudi Crown Prince stated that the new laws are "comprehensive in addressing all the problems that the family and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "‘The Best Interests of the Child’ Under Islamic Law" (in Child Rights to Guardianship, Springer: 2022), Ali Omar Ali Mesrati (University of Bahrain) explores the best interest of the child principle in Islamic law, with references to international law and Libyan law. R Charles Weller (Washington State University) reviews … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Gus Dur's thought about Accommodation Of Islamic Law and Culture" (Jurnal Al Hurriyah 6, no. 2 (2021)), Suardi Kaco H and Busrah Busrah (Universitas Al Asyariah Mandar) present "a study of Gus Dur's thoughts on the accommodation of Islamic law and culture," focusing on Gus Dur's (or Abdurrahman Wahid's) … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Experiencing ‘nikah Captivity’ in the West: Gendered Conflicts over Ending Muslim Marriages" (Journal of Muslims in Europe, online, September 16, 2021), Anika Liversage (The Danish Center for Social Science Research), based on a series of interviews with Muslim women, finds that second-generation Muslims in Denmark are more easily able … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
By Nurfadzilah Yahaya Two phenomena struck me as particularly incongruous while researching for my book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast and plagued me throughout the process of writing it. The first was “illegal occupations” (‘onwettige occupaties’) which referred to land occupied by populations who were not allowed to own the land according … Continue reading What does Equality Mean in the Colonies?
By Nurfadzilah Yahaya In my book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020), I demonstrate how colonialism embodies a contradiction; in a sense, colonial authorities limited and restricted subjects’ lives, but their authority gave rise to a sense of possibility for some colonial subjects perceived to be elite. The largest … Continue reading Ṭalāq in the Colonies – Constraints on Colonial Judiciary
A new Pew Research study found that about 75% of all Muslims in India prefer Islamic dispute settlement mechanisms for inheritance and divorce-related matters.