Meo High School, reportedly the only school in Paris that had allowed students to wear religious attire and symbols, including headscarves, kippahs, and crucifixes, was shut down on grounds of practicing separatism. Austrian politicians have dropped the controversial phrase "political Islam" and replaced it with "religiously-motivated extremism" in the revised anti-terrorism draft law.
Quoted in an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal titled "Vienna Shooting Suspect Had Previous Terrorism Conviction," past Program in Islamic Law fellow and professor of Islamic law at Vienna University Ebrahim Afsah takes issue with state interventions across Europe to "stop the spread of Islamism." Afsah contends that European states create counterproductive results … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Leor Halevi's Modern Things on Trial: Islam's Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida 1865-1935, Columbia University Press 2019, wins the J. Willard Hurst Book Prize. In "Ideology, Communication, and Response to Terrorism: A Sharia-based Perspective," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal (originally published in the International Journal of Academic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Contributed by Katherine Gonzalez. On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a revised Executive Order which barred, with certain exceptions, entry to the United States of nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries, suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days, and reduced the number of refugees who can be admitted to the United … Continue reading Case Note: Sarsour v. Trump (E.D. Va. 2017): Upholding the “Muslim Ban” 2.0
Guest contributor Jacob Olidort critically examines ISIS's claim of adherence to the doctrine of Salafism, a popular orientation among conservative Muslim clerics who attempt to model their actions on a certain vision of law and theology in the early Muslim community. Himself a scholar of modern Salafī thought, Olidort concludes that ISIS's claims are at … Continue reading Does ISIS Really Follow the Salafī Version of Islamic Law and Theology?
Guest contributor Mara Revkin outlines the legal infrastructure of ISIS. She argues that the movement's barbarism and apparently wanton acts of terrorism belies a self-contained legal system based on Islamic law – including the Islamic law of evidence. Using interviews with eighty-two Syrians and Iraqis, Revkin reconstructs how evidence is used within ISIS's purported borders. … Continue reading The Construction and Failure of Islamic Laws of Evidence in ISIS’s State-Building Project
UK/Europe/Southeast Asia editor Rachel Mazzarella chronicles the history of the French burkini ban and its potential efficacy. She weighs the policy options of the European Court of Human Rights and how it may attempt to integrate concepts of public safety, religious freedom, and personal beliefs in a country where recent terrorist attacks may be stressing traditional beliefs … Continue reading A Brief History of the French Burkini Ban
Roozbeh Jabbarizadeh, Iran editor, organizes his thoughts about the pressure on Muslims to respond after violent acts. Through the course of terrorist incidents and violent war episodes in which the offenders assert, or it is assumed, they are motivated by Islamic convictions, a great part (presumably a vast majority) of Muslims observably try to react to … Continue reading OPINION: How Should Muslims Respond to Violence?