Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Details of France’s proposed bill to counter what President Macron called “Islamic separatism” began to emerge: the bill seeks to criminalize disclosing data about a person’s location to those who might do harm, to provide for summary trials for perpetrators of online hate crimes, to empower judges to prevent individuals with a certain criminal history … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Alkamawa v. Bello and Another: Case Considers the Form and Status of Islamic Law in Northern Nigeria

By Terrence George 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. Background In the wake of Fulani Sheikh Usman Danfodio’s conquest of Hausaland in 1804, an Islamic legal system was established in what would become … Continue reading Alkamawa v. Bello and Another: Case Considers the Form and Status of Islamic Law in Northern Nigeria

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Amid international outcry after a Nigerian religious court sentenced a 22-year old to death for blasphemous statements made on WhatsApp, a well-known imām (Muslim religious leader) in the country, who believes that the person should be punished, asked for a more lenient sentence. Nigerian Senator Smart Adeyemi announced his intention to advance a bill that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced that there is no list of specifically prohibited names, but that there are certain criteria “that must be taken into account when choosing the names of children,” providing as examples of prohibited names those that violate Islamic law such as Abd al-Rasool and Abd al-Lat. Bitcoin Association Ambassador for … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Sudan’s bishops celebrated Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s declaration officially forbidding the state from establishing a religion, which had been Islam prior to the declaration. While some Muslims in Malaysia called for making it mandatory for women to wear the ḥijāb (or the tudung, as it is called in Malaysia), Maryam Lee, a prominent human … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  Damilola S. Olawuyi, Associate Professor at the College of Law  at Hamad Bin Khalifa University,  explores Islamic alternative dispute resolution methods: can they provide an alternative legal framework for resolving non-commercial disputes such as those that arise in family disputes, property, and inheritance? Friday, a Court  in Abuja, Nigeria dissolved a 32-year-old marriage on … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah declares that the country will imposes strict limits on this year’s hajj, only allowing Saudi pilgrims and those from other countries already inside the kingdom. The Chief Imam of Lagos, Nigeria,Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, urged mosques in the state to remain closed, noting that safety of lives is paramount in Islam. … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Interpreting Sharī’a in Amina Lawal v. State

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. Case Summary: This blog post examines Amina Lawal v. State, a criminal case adjudicated by the Sharī‘a Court of Appeal of Katsina State, Nigeria.[1] … Continue reading Interpreting Sharī’a in Amina Lawal v. State