Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School; Editor-in-Chief, Islamic Law Blog), Fahad Bishara (University of Virginia), Joel Blecher (George Washington University), Saadia Yacoob (Williams College), and Joshua White (University of Virginia) were brought together by the Ottoman History Podcast to discuss the question "What is Islamic Law?" in the first episode of a forthcoming series of podcasts … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

What is Islamic Law? Scholars Discussed in a Recent Podcast!

The Ottoman History Podcast Project brought together both established and emerging scholars to provide insights into a simply worded, yet perennial question, "What is Islamic Law?" - the first episode narrated by Chris Gratien in what is to become a series of episodes under the title "The Making of the Islamic World," "aimed at providing … Continue reading What is Islamic Law? Scholars Discussed in a Recent Podcast!

New debates about Islam in Europe

Talib Shareef, Yaya J. Fanusie, and Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, three African American Muslims with experience in a diverse array of American institutions, including the US Air Force, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security, respectively, recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy.  There, the authors cite and evaluate the existing narratives in circulation on Islam … Continue reading New debates about Islam in Europe

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Iran’s Guardian Council recently stated that women are allowed to register as presidential candidates, although so far no woman has been approved by the Council. The French President Emanuel Macron’s recent statement describing Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” and his government’s draft bill to be announced later … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Amid international outcry after a Nigerian religious court sentenced a 22-year old to death for blasphemous statements made on WhatsApp, a well-known imām (Muslim religious leader) in the country, who believes that the person should be punished, asked for a more lenient sentence. Nigerian Senator Smart Adeyemi announced his intention to advance a bill that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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COVID-19 Handling Committee Head and Minister of State Enterprises of Indonesia, Erick Thohir,  announces that Indonesia is ready to obtain 30 million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020,  which the Minister says would be ḥalāl in accordance with Islamic law.

Islamic Constitutionalism in Pakistan: Does it Matter?

Pakistan came into being through a constitutionally governed election when Muslims in British India voted for an independent state that comprised the Muslim-majority parts of India. It had two wings: East Pakistan (currently Bangladesh) and West Pakistan, geographically separated by more than a thousand kilometers. Since Islam was the only common link between the two … Continue reading Islamic Constitutionalism in Pakistan: Does it Matter?

Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia

On July 2, 2020, a division of Turkey's highest administrative appellate court annulled a 1934 presidential decision by Kemal Ataturk, founding president of Turkey, converting Hagia Sophia (tr. Aya Sofya) into a museum.  Days later, on July 10, 2020, Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decision based on the court ruling, restoring its status as a … Continue reading Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia