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 In an interview with the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Adnan Zulfiqar (Rutgers Law School) discussed his background and interest in Islamic law, including how that interest led him to be involved in penal code codification efforts for some Muslim-majority countries. Jacob Herzog, a Jewish Rabbi from New York, … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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

In the News: Maldives

Last week, the Maldivian parliament received an emergency motion against the appointment of two female judges to the Supreme Court. As further elaborated in SHARIAsource’s Country Profile, the Maldives’ Constitution designates Islamic law is the principal source of legislation. The motion was proposed on the basis that the appointments would contradict Islamic principles and law. … Continue reading In the News: Maldives

Country Profile: Maldives

This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa), based on research produced by the Library of Congress. Under the Maldives' Constitution, Islamic law (sharīʿa or fiqh) is the principle source of legislation. Country Background The Maldives is a group of atolls located in South Asia, south of India. … Continue reading Country Profile: Maldives