Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History

By Kristina L. Richardson Allow me to share a factoid about Toni Morrison’s (1931-2019) little known connection to Islamic historians. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio, with her younger cousin John Ralph Willis (1938-2007), who carried the name of their grandfather, a violinist named John Solomon Willis. The cousins forged separate paths as adults, only … Continue reading Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In a four-part podcast series entitled "Looking Back on Islamic Studies at Harvard," the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (Harvard) reflects and on the past and present of the state of Islamic studies at one of the nation's premiere educational institutions.

How not to reform the study of Islamic law: A response to Ayesha Chaudhry

By Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago) This essay is part of the Islamic Law Blog’s Roundtable on Islamic Legal History & Historiography, edited by Intisar Rabb (Editor-in-Chief) and Mariam Sheibani (Lead Blog Editor), and introduced with a list of further readings in the short post by Intisar Rabb: “Methods and Meaning in Islamic Law: Introduction." … Continue reading How not to reform the study of Islamic law: A response to Ayesha Chaudhry

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

Teaching Islamic Law in a Red State

If you teach Islamic law, chances are that your students are more cosmopolitan than those at the University of Oklahoma, where for thirteen years I have been teaching courses on Islamic law, Islamic theology, the Qur’an, and broader topics in religious studies. My greatest struggle has been bridging the gap between the questions my training … Continue reading Teaching Islamic Law in a Red State

Syllabus: Islamic Business Law

The Islamic Law Teaching Project houses collections of syllabi and other teaching material for Islamic law courses taught primarily in law schools of the US and UK. This syllabus is from Professor Mohammad Fadel at New York University, School of Law. This course will provide an overview of the theoretical doctrines that give rise to Islamic finance … Continue reading Syllabus: Islamic Business Law

Syllabus, Rutgers University School of Law: Islamic Banking and Finance

The Islamic Law Teaching Project houses collections of syllabi and other teaching material for Islamic law courses taught primarily in law schools of the US and UK. This syllabus is from Professor Abed Awad at Rutgers University School of Law. This course is an intensive basic introduction to Islamic banking and finance. After discussing the moral and … Continue reading Syllabus, Rutgers University School of Law: Islamic Banking and Finance

Syllabus, University of Toronto: Introduction to Islamic Law

The Islamic Law Teaching Project houses collections of syllabi and other teaching material for Islamic law courses taught primarily in law schools of the US and UK. This syllabus is from Professor Anver Emon at the University of Toronto. This course introduces students to the history, politics, culture and theory of Islamic law, starting from the early … Continue reading Syllabus, University of Toronto: Introduction to Islamic Law