Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban's subsequent takeover of the country has brought, once again, Islam and Islamic law to the fore in recent news coverage, reports, and analyses. This renewed attention to Islamic law is in part due to the fact that the Taliban identifies itself as a Muslim military organization … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Peace to those of Faith: Political Affiliation and Belonging in Classical Islamic Thought" (Routledge Handbook of Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa 2021), Omar Farahat (McGill University Faculty of Law) discusses the concept of belonging in classical Islamic thought, focusing on multilayered descriptions of tribal identity. In "Eradicating Gender-Based Violence against Female-Intimate … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Comparative Law and the Middle East at ASCL 2020! (A PIL Guide)

The Program in Islamic Law (PIL) has curated a list of panels from the American Society of Comparative Law's (ASCL) 2020 Annual Meeting schedule that feature speakers whose submissions are related to the Middle East, Islamic law and history, or Muslim-majority countries.* ASCL's  annual meeting this year, cosponsored by UCLA School of Law International and … Continue reading Comparative Law and the Middle East at ASCL 2020! (A PIL Guide)

A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

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: In November 2009, Switzerland passed a popular initiative prohibiting the construction of minarets. In response, Mr. Ouardiri, a Muslim living in Switzerland, challenged … Continue reading A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Nurfadzilah Yahaya, SHARIAsource editor and scholar of Islamic legal history, discusses the history of Malay people in this podcast episode titled "Learning Malay History" (The More Better Podcast (2020)). In “Human Rights and Cultural Diversity: the Iranian Discourse” (Iranian Review for UN Studies 2, no.1 (2019)), Pouria Askary and Amirsaed Vakil explore the ways Iran … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Eva Brems offers an analysis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights at the intersection of women’s rights and religious freedom in "Hidden Under Headscarves? Women and Religion in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal.  Moving beyond an … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Two recent journal articles explore how Islamic law is being defined, debated, and applied in Europe – both by Muslims and by courts. Maurits S. Berger’s “Understanding Sharia in the West” in the Journal of Law, Religion and State discusses three different "representations" of sharīʿa: “as scholarship, as a set of rules inserted into the modern … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Lecture Series: Spousal Abuse and Islamic Law Reform

On Mar 28, Professor Mohammad Fadel of the University of Toronto gave a lecture on "Nushuz, Lawful Discipline and Spouse Abuse in the Maliki Madhab: A History and Its Relevance to Modern Islamic Law Reform." He discussed examples of Muslim judges from Mamlūk and Andalusian courts seeking out cases of spousal abuse rather than waiting for those cases to … Continue reading Lecture Series: Spousal Abuse and Islamic Law Reform