Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Maldives-Middle East Connections" (Middle East Institute, September 20, 2022), Michael B. Bishku (Augusta University) provides a primer on the Maldives and the country's engagement with the Middle East, noting that "[t]he 1932 Constitution made shari’a (Islamic law) the 'basis of all administrative and political governance,' and its 2008 successor … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The 1989 fatwā imposed by Iran's late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie has sparked a more general debate on fatwās in Islamic law and their implementation.  Some scholars have drawn attention to the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia in terms of political ambitions in the region as well … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Supreme Court of Pakistan recently held that a woman's right to be "maintained," that is, to be provided by her husband with resources adequate for her to maintain her standards of living, is absolute under Islamic law, as long as the wife remains "faithful and discharges hew own matrimonial … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS After Yul Edochie, the Nollywood actor and politician, announced that he has a second wife who has delivered a baby boy, debates about Nigeria's marriage laws and the interaction between Islamic polygamous marriages and civil marriages that do not permit polygamy have resurfaced. The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Some pundits have argued that the recent presidential campaign in France, and the candidates' statements about Islam "that seek[] to protect laïcité and regulate Islam contradictorily entangle[] state and religion ever closer." "Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb announced that congratulating Christians on holidays is not out of courtesy or formalities … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Malaysia ranked first among 81 countries and regions in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the ninth straight year." Zuha Siddiqui traced the history of America's oldest surviving mosque in Williamsburg for Bedword and Bowery. Muslim children who chose to fast during Ramadan have been balancing fasting and school. The … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Jocelyn Hendrickson's book, Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa (Harvard UP, 2021), has been shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson book prize. As Muslims worldwide have begun observing Ramadan, Islamic scholars have explained why Muslims fast during this month. The Chief Minister … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In its largest execution ever, Saudi Arabia put 81 people to death, convicted of various crimes, including rape and murder, despite the Crown Prince's earlier statements that the death penalty would not be used liberally by the courts. The Supreme Court of Pakistan recently ruled that a father's gift of … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Saudi Arabia has approved new personal status laws that aim to enhance the legal status of women and children by enhancing alimony rights of women for childcare, among other things.  The Saudi Crown Prince stated that the new laws are "comprehensive in addressing all the problems that the family and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup