Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

By Raha Rafii Grand Muftī Shawky Ibrahim Allam of Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ issued a fatwā in December 2017[1] stating that any and all uses of cryptocurrency was ḥarām, or forbidden—including purchasing, selling, and leasing. The al-Azhar-affiliated Dār al-Iftāʾ was established in 1895 with the Grand Muftī as its head; throughout its history it served a … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ

Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi

By Raha Rafii Throughout the last few years, Muslim scholars have contested the validity of cryptocurrency in Islamic jurisprudence, particularly in light of its quick expansion in regions like the Gulf and Southeast Asia.[1] Cryptocurrency differs from standard forms of currency in that it exists only digitally and transactions are not processed through a central … Continue reading Fatwās on Cryptocurrency: The Syrian Islamic Council and the International Union of Muslim Scholars’ al-Qaradaghi

IP in Islamic Law? Deriving Similar Patent Regimes from John Locke and the Qurʾān

When it comes to new technology and Islamic law, it turns out that the principles of Western intellectual property law are quite similar to Islamic property and contract law, according to Turkey editor Gizem Orbey. On her analysis, the latter permits the same applications as the former. Major sources of Islamic law are mum as to protecting … Continue reading IP in Islamic Law? Deriving Similar Patent Regimes from John Locke and the Qurʾān

Will-based Waivers of Necessary Joinder Can Bring a Sharīʿa-Derived Patent Regime into Harmony with U.S. Patent Laws

By Gizem Orbey In an earlier series of posts, I argued that that a sharīʿa-compliant patent law regime is possible and can even provide valuable new ideas for solving issues of patent co-ownership that are still extant in U.S. and international patent regimes. I also argued such a regime can be internationally harmonious even despite … Continue reading Will-based Waivers of Necessary Joinder Can Bring a Sharīʿa-Derived Patent Regime into Harmony with U.S. Patent Laws