Commentary :: Ethiopia’s 1999 Federal Courts of Sharia Consolidation Proclamation: The Function of the Sharīʿa Courts

By Michael Kebede Introduction The Federal Courts of Sharia Consolidation Proclamation, enacted in 1999 by the House of People’s Representatives, reorganizes Ethiopia’s official sharīʿa courts to conform with the country’s newly established federal court system.[1] Before Ethiopia’s current regime came to power in 1991, a de jure centralized court system run by a unitary state … Continue reading Commentary :: Ethiopia’s 1999 Federal Courts of Sharia Consolidation Proclamation: The Function of the Sharīʿa Courts

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 19th

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This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “European Law and the Veil: Muslim Women from Victims to Emblems of the Enemy” by Susanna Mancini After highlighting the importance of gender difference in the construction of collective identities, this article identifies a shift in the ratio of European … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 19th

Recent Scholarship: Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families

Routledge has published a new book on the Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender (June 2019). The book, edited by Marja Tiilikainen, Mulki Al-Sharmani, and Sanna Mustasaari, contributes to conversations about migration and social policy in Europe, particularly the Nordic region. From the publisher: This book examines the needs, aspirations, strategies, and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 3rd

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This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “Muslim Nationality in Late Colonial India: From Law to Sacrifice” by Adeel Hussain By way of retracing the 1935 Shahidganj mosque dispute, this paper explores how Indian Muslims transformed their vision of community from one seeking moral legitimacy within colonial … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: July 3rd

Law & Religion eJournal: Jun 21

This week’s issue of SSRN’s Law & Religion eJournal includes: “Human Rights Issues Arising from the Implementation of Sharia Law on the Minority of Western Thrace" by Nikos Koumoutzis and Christos Papastylianos This article examines the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in Molla Sali v. Greece, which considered for the first time the question … Continue reading Law & Religion eJournal: Jun 21

Recent Scholarship: Islam and Irish Law

A new book published last month by Brill, Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context, edited by Kathryn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick), examines how minority religions in general – and Islam in particular – fit into the legal and policy context in Ireland. The chapters address high-profile issues such as marriage … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islam and Irish Law

Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Two recent journal articles explore how Islamic law is being defined, debated, and applied in Europe – both by Muslims and by courts. Maurits S. Berger’s “Understanding Sharia in the West” in the Journal of Law, Religion and State discusses three different "representations" of sharīʿa: “as scholarship, as a set of rules inserted into the modern … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Islamic Law at the 2019 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Each year, the Islamic Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (ILS-CRN) helps compose panels on Islamic law at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. This year’s roster features a host of author-meets-reader book sessions and panels featuring Islamic law. Tamir Moustafa of Simon Fraser University will respond to commentators' reviews of his … Continue reading Islamic Law at the 2019 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Recent Scholarship: Erie on Ḥalāl Food in China

Professor Matthew S. Erie (University of Oxford), an expert on Islamic law in China, just published an article in the Journal of Law and Religion on anti-sharīʿa sentiment in China and its impact on the ḥalāl food industry. "Shariʿa as Taboo of Modern Law: Halal Food, Islamophobia, and China" Abstract: Why is shariʿa the taboo … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Erie on Ḥalāl Food in China

In the News: Prison Chaplains

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate who had filed a legal challenge after prison officials told him he could only have a Christian chaplain present in the execution chamber—but not a Muslim imam. Domineque Ray’s lawyers had argued that the prison’s policy violated the Establishment Clause of the … Continue reading In the News: Prison Chaplains