A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

By Nathalie Gunasekera  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. Abstract: In November 2009, Switzerland passed a popular initiative prohibiting the construction of minarets. In response, Mr. Ouardiri, a Muslim living in Switzerland, challenged … Continue reading A Popular Initiative to Ban Minarets and Its Human Rights Implications

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-Radicalization

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. Regulation Summary: In March 2017, Xinjiang, a territory in northwest China, enacted the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-Radicalization (“2017 Regulation”), which designated … Continue reading Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-Radicalization

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Polymorphous Discrimination: Rohingya Women in the Goggles of Intersectionality," Islamic Law and the Muslim World eJournal, Shadrack Bentil and Edmund Poku Adu analyze the plight of Rohingya women in the Rakhine State in Myanmar using intersectionality theory, in order to identify the grounds on which Rohingya women are methodically discriminated. The paper reveals multi-faceted structural discrimination … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Commentary :: Organic Labeling: Reconciling Religious Freedom and Animal Welfare in the European Union

Introduction On February 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued an opinion mandating the stunning of an animal before slaughter to satisfy the EU organic labeling.[1] The decision came after several European countries including Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Slovenia, removed any religious exemption for animal slaughter without stunning.[2] While this ECJ ruling does … Continue reading Commentary :: Organic Labeling: Reconciling Religious Freedom and Animal Welfare in the European Union

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Apr 8

Last month, Asifa Quraishi-Landes and Nadia B. Ahmad published an article in the Washington Post discussing five common misconceptions about the ḥijāb. In addition, Zubair Abassi was quoted in an Al Jazeera article on the experiences of Pakistani women seeking divorces in the country’s family courts. (See also Abbasi’s 2017 SHARIAsource commentary comparing women’s right … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Apr 8

Recent Scholarship: European Court of Human Rights Ruling on Religious Symbols

Asim Jusic’s recent article in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion examines a December 2017 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights concerning state limitations on religious symbols. “An (Un)Exceptional Case: Strasbourg’s Court Reserved Nod to Religious Symbols in the Courtroom” In Hamidović v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Court found that convicting a … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: European Court of Human Rights Ruling on Religious Symbols

Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

  The latest issue of the Journal of Law and Society includes an article about the relationship between colonialism and modern-day French laws against Muslim women's dress: "Of Bodies and Burkinis: Institutional Islamophobia, Islamic Dress, and the Colonial Condition" by Brayson Kimberley Excerpt: "Shifting legal justifications of gender oppression and national security simultaneously obfuscate and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

This article by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Sherman Jackson, published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, tackles an issue that is often brought up in Islamic law courses as well as the media: how do you define "secular" in Islam? "The Islamic Secular" It is common to assume an inherent conflict between the substance … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In this article from the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Eva Brems, Saïla Ouald Chaib, and Katrijn Vanhees discuss the status of the "burkini" (body covering swimwear) under Belgian law and policy. "'Burkini' Bans in Belgian Municipal Swimming Pools: Banning As a Default Option" Following the French commotion on the presence of “burkini” wearers at … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In the News: Islamic Veils in France

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Committee (which oversees compliance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) declared that France’s ban on full-face veils violates freedom of religion. According to the 2010 French law, “No one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Veils in France