Family Law as Colonial Specter of Shelter

By Nurfadzilah Yahaya My book  Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020) traces changing notions of family and clan across legal cultures in the realm of family law. Supposedly, Islamic law does not enter the secular sphere of politics during the colonial period. Yet, although dissipation of political power … Continue reading Family Law as Colonial Specter of Shelter

What does Equality Mean in the Colonies?

By Nurfadzilah Yahaya Two phenomena struck me as particularly incongruous while researching for my book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast and plagued me throughout the process of writing it. The first was “illegal occupations” (‘onwettige occupaties’) which referred to land occupied by populations who were not allowed to own the land according … Continue reading What does Equality Mean in the Colonies?

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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The President of the Malaysian Islamic Party, Abdul Hadi Awang, stated in a public message that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allāh. Because of the recent COVID-19 curbs on pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites by non-Saudi Muslims, many have used and continue to direct their funds to local charities.

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

A Reuters investigation of Indonesia's banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are "quitting traditional banks" citing concerns of incompatibility with Islamic law. Former Minister of European Affairs of Portugal, Bruno Macaes, stated that Islam "is part of European history and culture," adding that "it's not a … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Muslim Board of Uzbekistan issued a new fatwā equating driver deaths caused by drivers' own mistake to suicide. The High Court of Malaysia ruled that the Islamic Religious Department of Selangor had wrongfully prosecuted Mohd Ezra Mohd Zaid, the owner of the publishing company that published the translation of the book Allah, Liberty, and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council, stated that imāms across the country would advise their congregations during Friday prayers to receive the COVID vaccine. The Muftī of the Federal Territories of Malaysia issued a fatwā that permits the chemical preservation of corpses as a means of battling the pandemic - a practice that … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Strasbourg (France) recently approved a grant to a Turkish diaspora association to build a mosque in the city, a move that has been harshly criticized by the French government. The High Court of Malaysia allowed a woman’s petition to challenge her conversion to Islam, which she argued was carried out by her father against her … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Turkish President Erdogan attended the funeral of Muhammed Emin Sarac, an Islamic scholar who provided Islamic education to pupils in Istanbul for more than six decades. Malaysian authorities announced an investigation into a video that went viral, depicting a man appearing to forcibly convert a woman out of Islam. Malaysia's top court ruled that one the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Malaysia's deputy science, technology and innovation minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim recently stated that none of the vaccines which would be used in the country contained animal-derived ingredients and that the vaccines were permissible under Islamic law. An edict issued by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America opined that the COVID-19 vaccine was not only … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup