Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The United States appointed its first Muslim American federal judge, Zahid Quraishi. Germany opened its first "Islamic training college" to help reduce the number of foreign-trained imāms. Austria's Integration Minister recently defended the government's "Muslim map" that includes the locations of and detailed information about 620 mosques and Muslim associations throughout the country, a move … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Impact of perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety among Muslim college students: The role of acculturative stress, religious support, and Muslim identity" (American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2021), Petty Tineo (Yale University) and others survey 205 Muslim college students to find that there exists a "statistically significant" relationship between Muslim identity and levels of experienced … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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A recent study by polling agency YouGov found that vaccine acceptance in Saudi Arabia and the UAE has increased over time. In a video message to German Muslims, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed regret that Muslims had to celebrate Eid under lockdown conditions and thanked them for their "discipline and understanding."

Child Marriage and Islamic Law: A Decision of the Oberlandsgericht in Bamberg (Germany)

By Nathalie Gunasekera  This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Abstract: After fleeing worn-torn Syria, a married Syrian Sunnī couple, a fourteen-year old woman, A, and twenty-one-year old man, H, arrived in Germany. Because … Continue reading Child Marriage and Islamic Law: A Decision of the Oberlandsgericht in Bamberg (Germany)

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

Shamshad Pasarlay discusses the Afghan Shīʿī communities’ position on the idea of constitutionalism and their vision for a modern constitutional state in "Shīʿī Constitutionalism in Afghanistan: A Tale of Two Draft Constitutions", Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World (originally published in the Australian Journal of Asian Law). Drawing on two draft constitutions that … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Hebrew University of Jerusalem scholars Morr Link and Yoram Haftel discuss the significance of domestic legal traditions, with a particular focus on states with Islamic law tradition, to international dispute settlement in "Islamic Legal Tradition and the Choice of Investment Arbitration Forums," The Review of International Political Economy, Forthcoming.    Mahmoud Jaraba contributed a book chapter entitled “Private Dispute … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

Last week, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper published an interview (free registration may be required to read the full article) with Seyran Ates, who in 2017 established a mosque in Germany where men and women pray side by side, and women can lead the prayers. The interview focused on Islamic identity in Europe, and specifically Ates’ … Continue reading In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

In the News: Ḥalāl Food

A few weeks ago, Germany's Interior Ministry apologized after serving pork at a conference on Islam in Berlin. Most of the attendees at the conference were apparently Muslim, and under Islamic law, pork is not considered permissible (ḥalāl) to eat. Like other aspects of Islamic law, there are some differences among Islamic legal scholars (and … Continue reading In the News: Ḥalāl Food

Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce

A recent article in Islamic Law and Society on "The Practice of Khulʿ in Germany: Pragmatism versus Conservativism," by Mahmoud Jaraba, examines how Muslim women who are religiously-married in Germany might initiate no-fault divorce in the absence of a German registered civil marriage. Because there is no Muslim state authority to consult, local imams and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce