Islamic Law in the News Roundup

UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES PIL & Harvard Calendar: Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University. Call for Papers: The 22nd Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Harvard University, November 28, 2022. Global Calendar: Call for Papers: The 233rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society 2023, October 15, 2022. Conference: Materiality, Rituals and the Senses … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Maldives-Middle East Connections" (Middle East Institute, September 20, 2022), Michael B. Bishku (Augusta University) provides a primer on the Maldives and the country's engagement with the Middle East, noting that "[t]he 1932 Constitution made shari’a (Islamic law) the 'basis of all administrative and political governance,' and its 2008 successor … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Forms of Commentaries

By Felicitas Opwis As my previous posts illustrated, commentaries take different forms in length and scope. The commentator selects which topics and points found in the underlying matn he wants to elaborate, explain, and dispute. There is no linear or chronological development of constant growth and enlargement, but a seemingly random variation in breadth and … Continue reading The Forms of Commentaries

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES PIL & Harvard Calendar: Student work opportunity: Research assistant, Widener Library, Harvard University. Call for Papers: The 22nd Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Harvard University, November 28, 2022. Global Calendar: Position opening: Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, September 30, 2022. Online panel: “Ukraine from Ottoman Times to Today,” MESA … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Islamic Law in the globalised world" (Graphic Online, September 9, 2022), Dr. Salah Muhammad Salis (Centre for Islamic Thought and Civilisation) argues that Islamic law and sharī'a refer to different things, defining the latter as "a moral religious system, not a legal system." In "The Transgender Persons (Protection Of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Commentary as Platform for Debate, Change, and Authority Construction

By Felicitas Opwis As presented in the previous post, the discursive tradition of commentaries involves extensive intertextuality. This intertextuality is not only a dialogue between matn and sharḥ, but a discourse that engages previous commentaries on the same matn as well as the Shāfiʿī school’s intellectual output more generally. Sometimes, the arguments and positions referenced … Continue reading The Commentary as Platform for Debate, Change, and Authority Construction

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Emilia Justyna Powell, a Notre Dame professor of political science and concurrent professor at The Law School, has won two International Studies Association (ISA) awards for her 2020 book, Islamic Law and International Law: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes." "The Supreme Court [of India ...] continued hearing the batch of petitions challenging the Karnataka High … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "U.S. Tax Law and Sharia-Compliant Financing Structures" (SSRN, August 13, 2022), Ahmed Altawyan (Saudi Electronic University) "overviews the tax rules for Islamic finance to help lawmakers and policymakers in the United States and other countries develop laws or guidance on sharia-compliant financial activities and transactions. On Islam and Data … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Content of Commentaries

By Felicitas Opwis In the previous post I mentioned the vibrant commentary tradition on Abū Shujāʿ’s compendium of Shāfiʿī law, which indicates that Muslim scholars deemed it necessary to comment on the past, making it relevant to their present and incorporating whatever changes have occurred or were deemed desirable. It also allows us to gain … Continue reading The Content of Commentaries

Commentary :: Raziya bt. Abdallah v. Hafiza bt. Receb: A Former Concubine Wins her Manumission in Court

Case: Translation of the Court Record The woman called Radiya bt. Abd Allah, of Georgian origin and medium stature, appeared in the courthouse. She is known as the former slave of her recently deceased master, Küçük Hasan Beşe. She initiated a claim against [fakhr aqranihi – pride of equals] al-Hajj Sinan Beşe ibn Hasan, the … Continue reading Commentary :: Raziya bt. Abdallah v. Hafiza bt. Receb: A Former Concubine Wins her Manumission in Court