Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law In "Litigious Zeal" (Inquest, November 22, 2022), SpearIt (University of Pittsburgh) explores how Muslim prisoners in the United States "sue religiously" and argues that Muslim prisoner litigation has resulted in reforms for prisoner rights in the country. In "General Principles of Business Contracts in Islamic Law" (in Institutional Islamic Economics … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law that include public executions, stonings and floggings, and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban’s chief spokesman said." For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb's “Resource … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law In Maqasid Al-Shari'ah as Philosophy of Islamic Law: A Systems Approach (The International Institute of Islamic Thought 2022), Jasser Auda (Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Qatar) proposes a new theory to categorize theories for Islamic law. In "A seat at the table: Islamic laws neglected potential in universalising … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS According to data from India's Darul Qaza, or Islamic arbitration center, more divorces have been sought through khula, whereby the woman petitions a judge for divorce and surrenders hew dowry, rather than through triple talaq, whereby the husband unilaterally divorces his wife. "Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (Markazudawa), [an Islamic organization operating … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In response to the Supreme Court's overruling of Roe v. Wade, some Muslim American lawyers have argued that restrictive abortion laws infringe on Muslims' religious liberty, as many of the restrictive abortion laws in several states contravene Islam's understanding of abortion and its permissibility in certain contexts.  Relatedly, some Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Maintaining the Plurality and Sacred Value of Islamic Law through the Existence of the Sharia Banking Law" (Al-Ahkam 31, no. 1 (April 2022)), Waldi Nopriansyah (Sekolah Tinggi Ekonomi dan Bisnis Syariah, Indonesia) and others discuss Indonesia's Sharia Banking Law, finding it to be capacious enough "as a legal product … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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 Dr. Sohail Hanif, who became National Zakat Foundation's Chief Executive in November 2021, appeared in a podcast for islamic21c.com to speak about "the power of zakat." The Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan asked the government to end interest-based banking by 2027. Some Muslim jurists have cautioned Muslims against making their … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

By Raha Rafii Grand Muftī Shawky Ibrahim Allam of Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ issued a fatwā in December 2017[1] stating that any and all uses of cryptocurrency was ḥarām, or forbidden—including purchasing, selling, and leasing. The al-Azhar-affiliated Dār al-Iftāʾ was established in 1895 with the Grand Muftī as its head; throughout its history it served a … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi

By Raha Rafii Throughout the last few years, Muslim scholars have contested the validity of cryptocurrency in Islamic jurisprudence, particularly in light of its quick expansion in regions like the Gulf and Southeast Asia.[1] Cryptocurrency differs from standard forms of currency in that it exists only digitally and transactions are not processed through a central … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi