Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Scholars of Islamic law have continued to debate the question of whether the use of cryptocurrencies is permissible under Islamic law.  For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here. Some Muslim rights … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Paying Moms to Breastfeed in Medieval Europe" (JSTOR Daily, June 6, 2022), Livia Gershon writes that "medieval Islamic law viewed nursing and raising young children as a job for which a divorced or separated woman should be paid a salary." In "Islamic Finance" (Lexology, June 16, 2022), Munib Hussain … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In reportedly the first case in which a New Zealand court was asked to consider Islamic law, a Wellington court ordered "the payment of a dower set out in a marriage contract solemnized under sharia law in the UAE." A Muslim slaughterhouse in D.C., which started its operations after delays … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Review: Syed Mahmood; Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge by Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmad" (Hindustan Times, May 23, 2022), Shafey Kidwai (Aligarh Muslim University) reviews the book Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge (Bloomsbury 2022). In "Methodology for Studying the Relationship between Islamic Law and National Customs in the Uzbek … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Malaysia ranked first among 81 countries and regions in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the ninth straight year." Zuha Siddiqui traced the history of America's oldest surviving mosque in Williamsburg for Bedword and Bowery. Muslim children who chose to fast during Ramadan have been balancing fasting and school. The … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

When Worship Meets Taxation: Socio-Political Reflections on the Rules of Zakat

By Sohail Hanif We continue our reflection on social dimensions of Islamic law by turning our attention to the rules of Zakat,[1] the obligatory alms in Islam. Zakat is a social institution, as it represents wealth moving from the ‘rich’ to the ‘poor’. By its very nature, Zakat creates social ties and dependencies. From the … Continue reading When Worship Meets Taxation: Socio-Political Reflections on the Rules of Zakat

A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer

By Sohail Hanif Ritual prayer (ṣalāh) is a pillar of Islam. It functions as a pillar that upholds the daily routine and spiritual journey of a believer. However, the spiritual dimension of prayer is not a topic of investigation in works of Islamic law. There is, on the other hand, another overarching interest of Muslim … Continue reading A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Procedure of Criminal Appeal in the Light of Judicial Precedents" (Bahria University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 4, no. 2 (2021)), Umar Farooq Tipu and Sajida Faraz (University of Swabi) discuss the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1898 of Pakistan, with references to case law. In "Personal Laws … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Social Dependencies of Islamic Law: A View Through the Legal Commentary

By Sohail Hanif My research has centred on unpacking layers of argumentation in works of Islamic law, particularly legal commentaries. As one unpacks these layers, one comes to learn that what actually is ‘law’ is not always clear, and that it is within the arguments that one finds the principles and reasoning for the sake … Continue reading Social Dependencies of Islamic Law: A View Through the Legal Commentary

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In episode 521 of the Ottoman History Podcast, entitled "Islam and Science Fiction" and hosted by Shireen Hamza (Harvard University), Jörg Matthias Determann (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar) explores the "many overlapping and competing visions of Muslim Futurism." In "Majalla: Codification of the Norms of Islamic Law" (International Journal of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup