Weekend Scholarship Roundup

D. Fairchild Ruggles’ Tree of Pearls The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) provides insight into the remarkable life of Shajar al-Durr, an enslaved child who went on to become the Sultan of Egypt in the 13th century. This biography places the rise and fall of the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Qanun of Aceh, No. 14 of 2003 on Khalwat (Close Proximity)

Law No. 22 of 1999 on Regional Autonomy stipulates that the Indonesian national government acknowledges the Special Region status of the Province of Aceh and grants the provincial government of Aceh the right to include precepts of ‘syariat’ (or Islam) in its local regulations. The Law also grants the Ulama (Islamic religious leaders) a role in the implementation of … Continue reading Qanun of Aceh, No. 14 of 2003 on Khalwat (Close Proximity)

REVIEW: Privacy in Islamic Legal History (A Review of Christian Lange, “Privacy in Islamic Law” (2009))

Utrecht University's Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies Christian Lange takes a historical view on the question of privacy in Islamic law. On his review of the medieval discussions of privacy, he notes that they arise mainly in the domain of the private sphere of the family and sometimes have trickle-down effects into the criminal law arena. "Norms, … Continue reading REVIEW: Privacy in Islamic Legal History (A Review of Christian Lange, “Privacy in Islamic Law” (2009))