The Prophet Muḥammad’s Concept of the Freedom of Navigation: The Safe-Conduct of Aylah as a Testament

By Hassan S. Khalilieh In my exploration of the historical foundations of the freedom of navigation in early Islam, I unearthed documentary evidence from the Prophet’s era that surprisingly supports … Continue reading The Prophet Muḥammad’s Concept of the Freedom of Navigation: The Safe-Conduct of Aylah as a Testament

Beyond the Ribāṭ: Exploring Coastal and Offshore Jurisdiction

By Hassan S. Khalilieh As early as the first half of the seventh-century, Caliph ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (r. 13-23/634-644) established the office of the “governorship of the coasts.” Initially focused … Continue reading Beyond the Ribāṭ: Exploring Coastal and Offshore Jurisdiction

Petition from a captive wife (1853)

By Rozaliya Garipova[1] Mahibädär ‘Abdurrakhman qizi sent a petition to the Orenburg Muslim Spiritual Assembly (hereafter the OA) on December 12, 1852. The OA received the report on the 20th … Continue reading Petition from a captive wife (1853)

Married but not Married (1861)

By Rozaliya Garipova[1] In the previous case we saw that the two sides negotiated a marital contract but since the side of the groom could not pay the appointed mahr, … Continue reading Married but not Married (1861)

Married Before Marriage (1853)

By Rozaliya Garipova[1] On October 15, 1853, akhund[2] ‘Izzatullah ‘Abdulaziz ughli[3] prepared a report to the Orenburg Muslim Spiritual Assembly[4] (hereafter the OA) after hearing the testimonies of all the … Continue reading Married Before Marriage (1853)

Mahr (Dower) in the Volga-Ural Muslim Community in Nineteenth Century Russia: Introduction

By Rozaliya Garipova In my series of essays this month, I will analyze three cases involving disputes over dower (mahr) in which Muslims of the Volga-Ural region in the Russian … Continue reading Mahr (Dower) in the Volga-Ural Muslim Community in Nineteenth Century Russia: Introduction

Welcome to our April Guest Blogger: Rozaliya Garipova

Rozaliya Garipova is Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Her interests include Islam under Russian and Soviet rule, religious authority (male … Continue reading Welcome to our April Guest Blogger: Rozaliya Garipova

What else can we learn from the manuscript of al-Qaʿnabī’s recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ?

By Adam DeSchriver, Ammar Farra, Henry Stratakis-Allen and Ahmed El Shamsy The preceding essays describe various aspects of the only surviving complete manuscript of al-Qaʿnabī’s recension of Mālik’s Muwaṭṭaʾ. We … Continue reading What else can we learn from the manuscript of al-Qaʿnabī’s recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ?

Legal language in al-Qaʿnabī’s recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ

By Raza Baqai, Zainab Hermes and Ahmed El Shamsy Previous studies of Mālik’s Muwaṭṭaʾ have relied primarily on the recension of Yaḥyā b. Yaḥyā al-Laythī (d. 234/848) to understand Mālik’s … Continue reading Legal language in al-Qaʿnabī’s recension of the Muwaṭṭaʾ