PIL Fellow Sohaib Baig Wins Best Dissertation Prize!

The Program in Islamic Law (PIL) is pleased to announce that Sohaib Baig, PIL fellow, won the Thomas E. Lifka Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in the Department of History at UCLA. Baig's dissertation is titled “Indian Hanafis in an Ocean of Hadith: Islamic Legal Authority between South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, 16th … Continue reading PIL Fellow Sohaib Baig Wins Best Dissertation Prize!

Time and Moral Choice in Islamic Jurisprudence

By Omar Farahat A question that classical Muslim jurisprudents debated vigorously was: how do we undertake our duties when divine commands only give general guidelines in relation to time, or no time-specific determinations at all? At the heart of this question is how divine speech, mediated by the work of jurisprudents, should be seen to … Continue reading Time and Moral Choice in Islamic Jurisprudence

A Duty to Obey Muslim Jurists?

By Omar Farahat It is common knowledge that substantive Islamic laws are constituted of juristic pronouncements (aḥkām) on a wide range of actions, abstentions, and their possible consequences. Internally, we might say, these pronouncements of the jurists assume a sense of authority given their relation to divine revelation. The pronouncements or rulings of the jurists … Continue reading A Duty to Obey Muslim Jurists?

Intisar Rabb on Originalism and the Role of Legal Canons in Islamic Law

The 43rd annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture organized by Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosted our Editor-in-Chief, Intisar Rabb, with her presentation titled "Interpreting Islamic Law." The presentation concerned the Mamlūk Empire during the thirteenth century, with a focus on the judicial overhaul overseen by its Sultan Baibars I. In her presentation, … Continue reading Intisar Rabb on Originalism and the Role of Legal Canons in Islamic Law

Jurisdiction over Germination

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar 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. Summary Qalqashandī’s rendering in ​Ṣubḥ al-Aʿshā of an earlier decree for the appointment of a Ḥanbalī judge provides important insights into the quadripartite … Continue reading Jurisdiction over Germination

SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

Aaron Spevack, SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow 2018-2019, spoke on his current research into legal patchworking (talfīq). He examined debates for and against this legal tool, its role in the creation of sharīʿa-compliant financial instruments within Islamic law, the potential individual harms it can inflict, along with the potential social good. The event was livetweeted and may … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie‘s introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Man Ke (满珂), a female professor at the Northwest Nationalities University, provides yet another perspective based on both her disciplinary background (anthropology) and her location (Lanzhou). In her untitled piece, Man Ke explains that the different “teaching schools” (jiaopai) and … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Liu Xueqiang (刘学强), a male cleric based in Kaifeng City in Henan Province, writes in his commentary “Islam’s Gender Relations,” that the phenomenon of female clerics originates in the particular historical-cultural environs of the Central Plains of China (i.e., present … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Ge Caixia (葛彩霞), the female cleric of Fuminli Female Mosque in Zhengzhou and who received her educated both at Arabic schools and at female mosques, opines in her piece “The Legal and Social Bases for the Existence of China’s ‘Female … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Mai Fenlian (买粉连), a former cleric who was educated in a female mosque and currently an Arabic instructor at the Xiajia Arabic class in Jiyuan City in Henan Province writes in her commentary “The Legal Basis and Value of the … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)