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

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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslim scholars have continued to issue a variety of legal opinions (fatwās) on the permissibility of cryptocurrencies under Islamic law, some deeming them permissible and some declaring them forbidden. For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Translating Islamic sources" (Great Kashmir, August 31, 2022), Furqan Majeed (Central University of Kashmir) explores the various translation movements of the Qur’ān in the European vernaculars. In "The Independent Thinking Of Imam Warith Deen Muhammad" (Eurasia Review, August 31, 2022), Jihad Saafir and Mustapha Kulungu explore the legacy and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup