Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Following King Mohammed VI‘s public statement regarding legal reform, Morocco has been reported to be working on significant family law reform, with ongoing controversies on whether the new amendments would decriminalize adultery currently subject to imprisonment. “The Taliban administration in Afghanistan executed two men convicted of murder in a football stadium in the eastern region… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“Pakistan has pledged to become fully sharia-compliant in its banking services by December 2027, but still has a long way to go to create a banking sector that provides the services its customers want.” “The Islamic police in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano say they have arrested a popular female TikToker for posting ‘indecent and… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“An Iranian prisoner has had four of his fingers amputated after being accused of stealing five sheep from a farm owned by a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a charge the man denies.” For more content and context on harsh interpretations and applications of Islamic criminal law, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“Five years ago, while [a Canadian] couple were living in Pakistan, a court granted [them] adoption rights under a Sharia law known as kafala. This practice recognizes adoptive parents in most of the world’s 49 Muslim-majority countries through guardianship, which is a largely symbolic Islamic principle that maintains the tie between adopted children and their… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Knox Thames, an international human rights lawyer, “said some state governments [in Nigeria] have disregarded the constitutional provision that prohibits the establishment of a state religion or the granting of preferential treatment to any religious or ethnic group at the state or local level.” “A reversal in globalisation and challenges faced by Western financial system… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“A major challenge of Canada‘s ban on adoptions from several Muslim countries is set to play out in the Federal Court — a move some legal observers say wouldn’t be necessary if the government wasn’t upholding what they call a “discriminatory” policy. . . . In 2013, Canada suddenly put a stop to adoptions from… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Legal experts have commented on the new Civil Transactions Law of Saudi Arabia: “The Civil Transactions Law in Saudi Arabia codifies principles of Sharia and has implications for businesses that enter into commercial contracts in the country, including contractors engaged on construction projects.” Haroun Rahimi, commenting on Islamic criminal law as applied in Afghanistan under… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“The United Nations said Thursday it was deeply concerned about recent arrests and detentions of women and girls by Afghanistan‘s Taliban authorities for alleged non-compliance with Islamic dress code.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.” Oman… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“The committee studying the conflicts between shariah laws and the Federal Constitution [of Malaysia] should include non-Muslim constitutional experts, Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham said.” “Libya‘s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani, has expressed concern over blocking roads, considering such acts as highway robbery [under Islamic law].” “Saudi Arabia executed 170 people in 2023, including four… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

“[T]he U.N. special envoy Roza Otunbayeva reportedly confirmed that ‘anecdotal evidence’ about [Afghan] girls being permitted to attend Islamic schools was mounting, [along with] worried about whether the girls would be able to study modern subjects in the madrassas and that a generation of Afghan girls were falling behind.” In response, “[a] Taliban official sa[id… CONTINUE READING