The Journal of Islamic Law

We are excited to announce the launch of the Journal of Islamic Law! This open-access, peer-reviewed journal—published together with a regular Forum—features new scholarship in Islamic legal studies. Focusing on historical, comparative, and law and society approaches to Islamic law, we  also have a keen interest in featuring data science tools and primary sources that inform the … Continue reading The Journal of Islamic Law

In the News: Molla Sali v. Greece

This Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held that Greece owed a Greek woman by the name of Molla Sali 51,000 euros ($57,000) in damages plus expenses “for siding with her late husband’s two sisters and for applying ‘Sharia law to a section of its citizens against their wishes.’” This judgment follows a 2018 decision by the same court in Molla … Continue reading In the News: Molla Sali v. Greece

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

D. Fairchild Ruggles’ Tree of Pearls The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020) provides insight into the remarkable life of Shajar al-Durr, an enslaved child who went on to become the Sultan of Egypt in the 13th century. This biography places the rise and fall of the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

This Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held that Greece owed a Greek woman by the name of Molla Sali 51,000 euros ($57,000) in damages plus expenses “for siding with her late husband’s two sisters and for applying ‘Sharia law to a section of its citizens against their wishes.’” This judgment follows a 2018 decision by the same court in Molla … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News 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

Talāq, Sex Equality, and Due Process

By Limeng Sun This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Case Summary: The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, in a case of first impression, held that the enforcement of a talāq … Continue reading Talāq, Sex Equality, and Due Process

From Punishment to Restitution: In What Direction Should a Restatement of Islamic Law Go? :: Part 1 :: After the Failure

This is part 1 in a series of 4 posts. :: Part 1 :: After the Failure You are the kind of legal scholar who has no patience for trying tactics that lead into predictable problems. You take for granted that criminal acts (as reflection of a criminal capacity) are simply part of human nature, … Continue reading From Punishment to Restitution: In What Direction Should a Restatement of Islamic Law Go? :: Part 1 :: After the Failure

An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 2 ::

By Mairaj Syed Results I initially decided that I would divide up the Testimony chapter into 7-gram word fragments, because the original evidence canon consisted of seven Arabic words. This created a list of 38,683 7-gram fragments. Being ambitious and hoping to be lucky, I decided to send the google service 1000 texts at a … Continue reading An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 2 ::

An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 1 ::

  By Mairaj Syed Project Description and Goals As I briefly indicated in my previous blog post, a fundamental desideratum for the field of Islamic law and ethics is a corpus of texts whose argumentation has been fully mined: conclusions would be distinguished from premises, and the premises categorized according to type of argument. The … Continue reading An Experiment in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Islamic Law :: Part 1 ::