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

Islamic Law and COVID-19 Roundup

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah declares that the country will imposes strict limits on this year’s hajj, only allowing Saudi pilgrims and those from other countries already inside the kingdom. The Chief Imam of Lagos, Nigeria,Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, urged mosques in the state to remain closed, noting that safety of lives is paramount in Islam. … Continue reading Islamic Law and COVID-19 Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indian government charges Tableeghi Jamaat leader with culpable homicide for surge in coronavirus cases. Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Hajj pilgrimage, for the first time since it became a nation, as precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia's Council of Supreme scholars calls upon practicing Muslims to pray at home during Ramadan. United Kingdom … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Ana Echevarría captures changes in the field around local understandings of Mudejar as a specific Iberian category to a more comprehensive approach as one of many Muslim minorities in the Middle Ages in "Muslim minorities versus Mudejars: From the margins to the central stage of Iberian history," History Compass. In "Negotiating Mughal Law: A Family … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Brooklyn mosques close indefinitely as number of positive COVID-19 cases rise. Egypt … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. Bahrain's Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim calls for the suspension of religious and social activities throughout the country. Iran cancels … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Iran’s Judiciary and Gender-Discriminatory Laws

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian Three Iranian courts made headlines over the summer. A trio of decisions advancing the cause of women’s rights promised new avenues for lawyers and activists and at the same time, highlighted the shortcomings of Iran’s legal and judicial system. The decisions were delivered by three courts with different jurisdictions and various … Continue reading Iran’s Judiciary and Gender-Discriminatory Laws

Recent Scholarship: Islamic Criminal Law Conference

During last month's conference at the University of Tehran on "Criminal Law Development in Muslim-Majority Countries," Paul H. Robinson delivered the opening and closing remarks. His remarks were recently published in Penn Law School's Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series: "Codifying a Sharia-based Criminal Law in Developing Muslim Countries" The opening remarks discuss … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islamic Criminal Law Conference

Commentary :: Right to Counsel and the Problem of Distrust

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian This commentary traces the evolution of the right to counsel in criminal investigations in Iran’s Criminal Procedure Code, as highlighted in the process of drafting Iran’s new Criminal Procedure Code in 2014 (amended in 2015). I argue that the legislature missed a unique chance to address its long-time practice of ignoring … Continue reading Commentary :: Right to Counsel and the Problem of Distrust

Commentary :: Whose Guardian: Sharīʿa or the Constitution? Judicial Review of Iran’s New Criminal Procedure Code

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian This commentary analyzes the jurisprudence of the Guardian Council in reviewing Iran’s recently adopted Criminal Procedure Code 2014 (amended in 2015). It evaluates how the Council uses its authority in preserving and promoting sharīʿa and/or the Constitution and considers whether there are ways by which the Council can improve its work and enhance … Continue reading Commentary :: Whose Guardian: Sharīʿa or the Constitution? Judicial Review of Iran’s New Criminal Procedure Code