The latest issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “Who or What Is the Wali al-Amr: The Unposed Question” by Nathan J. Brown This article explores how, in Islamic political writings, the concept of the wali al-amr (head of the community) has been transformed from an individual ruler … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islamic Political Leadership
Senior Scholar Noah Feldman commented yesterday in Bloomberg News on the U.S. Supreme Court “travel ban” case, Trump v. Hawaii, calling the Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Executive Order restricting immigration to the U.S. of citizens from seven countries—most of which are predominantly Muslim—"a decision that will live in infamy." He had previously suggested … Continue reading Islamic Law in SCOTUS
Wed, Oct 19 | 1.00-2.00pm Ethan Zuckerman, MIT; Intisar Rabb, Harvard Law School; Manal Omar, USIP. Presented at the MIT Media Lab. Ethan Zuckerman framed the conversation with HLS Professor and SHARIAsource Editor-in-Chief Intisar Rabb and USIP VP for the Middle East Manal Omar discussion within a larger approach of the Media Lab’s aim to … Continue reading IN SUMMARY :: Intisar Rabb and Manal Omar in Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman (Part of the MLTalks Series at MIT)
Guest contributor Jacob Olidort critically examines ISIS's claim of adherence to the doctrine of Salafism, a popular orientation among conservative Muslim clerics who attempt to model their actions on a certain vision of law and theology in the early Muslim community. Himself a scholar of modern Salafī thought, Olidort concludes that ISIS's claims are at … Continue reading Does ISIS Really Follow the Salafī Version of Islamic Law and Theology?
Guest contributor Mara Revkin outlines the legal infrastructure of ISIS. She argues that the movement's barbarism and apparently wanton acts of terrorism belies a self-contained legal system based on Islamic law – including the Islamic law of evidence. Using interviews with eighty-two Syrians and Iraqis, Revkin reconstructs how evidence is used within ISIS's purported borders. … Continue reading The Construction and Failure of Islamic Laws of Evidence in ISIS’s State-Building Project