Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The new leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama's new chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf, expressed his willingness to fight extremism by focusing on traditional Islamic legal doctrine, particularly on the issue of apostasy.  Recent surveys have suggested that roughly one out of five Muslims is in an interfaith marriage, … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "The Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan" (Judicature 105, no. 3 (2021)), Mehdi J. Hakimi (Stanford Law School) argues that, long before the Taliban's rise to power, the Afghan judiciary experienced "institutional design flaws, primarily in the constitutional architecture, [that] curtailed the judiciary’s capacity to act as … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The United States Supreme Court declined to review Hoda Muthana's petition seeking to reenter the United States, after her passport was revoked for leaving the country to join the Islamic State in 2014.  Some experts in the UAE legal system expressed their hesitancy regarding the recent legal overhaul that relaxed … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Women in Saudi Arabia's Dammam region are reported to have been allowed to assume administrative duties in all personal status courts, with expectations that the same policy will be implemented in other regions of the country.  A credit union in Vermont announced that it would begin developing a lending program … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022) by Ahmed Rashid investigates the origins and development of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb's "Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS A new book titled Female Religious Authority in Shi’i Islam, which brings together contributions that "reflect[] on the roles that women have played in exercising religious authority across time and space" in Shī'ī Islam, has recently been published.  The UAE issued its first civil law marriage certificate to a non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Female Religious Authority in Shi’i Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), edited by Mirjam Künkler (Princeton University) and Devin Stewart (Emory University), brings together contributions that "reflect[] on the roles that women have played in exercising religious authority across time and space" in Shī'ī Islam. In "Islam And Democracy: Are They … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to cut interest rates, arguing that the cut is also in line with Islamic law. In a recent interview, one of the few female judges in Palestine, Kholoud al-Faqeeh, commenting on religious courts and women, stated: "A woman’s whole life cycle is before these … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Religious Freedom in the Global South (MDPI Books, 2021), edited by Waheeda Amien (University of Cape Town), brings together articles written by various scholars that investigate "religious freedom in the Global South including the impact of religious freedom on majority and minority religious communities, the relationship between religious freedom and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Two of the three men accused and convicted of killing Malcolm X in 1965 have been exonerated.  For content and context on Islamic law, including a mention of Malcolm X, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb's "Methods and Meaning in Islamic Law: Introduction."  A few senators in Nigeria have refused … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup