Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. Russia’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims stated in a ruling that interfaith marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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In a recent statement, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it would start receiving pilgrims from outside the country, as the Kingdom resumes its pilgrimage services in Mecca and Medina.  The Ministry announced that during the first phase of reopening it would only admit pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 50 … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia, as part of its first phase of reopening, started to allow a maximum number of 6,000 pilgrims - for now only Saudi citizens and residents - to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca for a maximum duration of three hours. The Middle East Studies Association convened a panel titled "Middle East Studies and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it began receiving applications for 'umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holy site, that is typically shorter than the annual hajj gathering.  The applications are currently open to Saudi citizens and residents, and around 6,000 people can currently perform the 'umrah daily, while the government also … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law 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

Ijtihād on Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

By Nicholas Kellum 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. In 1983 at its Third Islamic Summit Conference, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation founded the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (“IIFA”).[1]  Based in Jeddah, Saudi … Continue reading Ijtihād on Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Ijtihād on Artificial Insemination

By Nicholas Kellum 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.  In 1983 at its Third Islamic Summit Conference, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation founded the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (“IIFA”).[1]  Based in Jeddah, Saudi … Continue reading Ijtihād on Artificial Insemination