Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Judicial Crisis in Damascus on the Eve of Baybars’s Reform: The Case of the Minor Orphan Girl (651–55/1253–57)" (Islamic Law and Society (March 23, 2022)), Mariam Sheibani (The University of Toronto Scarborough) "reconstructs a late-Ayyubid court case in Damascus that was litigated repeatedly between 651/1253 and 655/1257, five years … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS An Islamic scholar, Irshad Ahmed Ijaz, stated at an Islamic seminar held in Pakistan that digital currencies should not be considered fictitious, but rather legitimate currencies amenable to regulation, according to Islamic law. Islamic scholars have urged Muslims to raise awareness to stop Russian hostilities in Ukraine, with one scholar, … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Legal Diversity at the Late Mamlūk Court

By Christian Mauder This is part one in a series of four posts on legal culture at the late Mamlūk court. Many students of Islamic history are fascinated by the unusual polity that ruled Egypt, Syria, and neighboring regions from about 1250 to 1517 CE. This political entity was dominated by a small elite group … Continue reading Legal Diversity at the Late Mamlūk Court

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News: Nailah Dean, writer and activist, has introduced her "ISMS Project," comprising a series of images to demonstrate what she terms the "Muslim Marriage Crisis" in an age of "digital, hyper-visual time" that represent sexism, ageism, racism, and colorism. The project represents, in addition to these four "-isms," the Muslim woman's … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

A California Court of Appeals refused to apply Iranian law in a case involving a plaintiff whose work in Iran exposed him to high levels of asbestos, reasoning that Iranian law reflects religious ideology instead of economic interest. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board issued a statement urging Muslims in India to adhere to Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The rejected plan for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast via loudspeakers from Peterborough's (UK) mosque will be reconsidered, after it was revealed that the city council website had published a different application on its website when it announced the rejection. 14-year-old volleyball player Najah Aqeel, who had been denied from competing in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Pluralistic Methodologies in Islamic Legal Historiography

By Metin M. Coşgel (University of Connecticut) & Boğaç A. Ergene (University of Vermont) 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 … Continue reading Pluralistic Methodologies in Islamic Legal Historiography

Studying a Lived Law: An Interview with Yossef Rapoport

This interview was conducted by Omar Abdel-Ghaffar (Harvard University, PhD student). This interview 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 … Continue reading Studying a Lived Law: An Interview with Yossef Rapoport

Al-Qarāfī on the Importance of Legal Maxims and Distinctions in Jurisprudence

By Mariam Sheibani Source: Al-Qarāfī, Shihāb al-Dīn. Kitāb al-furūq aw Anwār al-burūq fī anwāʾ al-furūq. 3rd ed. Edited by Muḥammad Sarrāj and ʿAlī Jumuʿa. 2 vols. Cairo: Dār al-Salām, 2010. General Description: This analysis discusses Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qarāfī’s theory of the purpose of legal maxims and distinctions (qawāʿid and furūq) as presented in his collection of … Continue reading Al-Qarāfī on the Importance of Legal Maxims and Distinctions in Jurisprudence

Nābulsī and Talfīq

By Aaron Spevack Source: Al-Nābulsī, Khulāṣah al-Taḥqīq fī Bayān Ḥukm al-Taqlīd wa al-Talfīq: Chapter 6: Regarding the elucidation of the ruling on talfīq. Nābulsī begins his chapter with the division of people into mujtahids and non- mujtahids. Mujtahids are further divided into absolute (unrestricted) and restricted mujtahids. An absolute mujtahid can not follow the opinion … Continue reading Nābulsī and Talfīq