COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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In "Wary of vaccines: Are there religious reasons to be?" (The Standard, April 24, 2021), Sadakat Kadri discusses how in the UK, confidence in vaccines and their effectiveness varies among different segments of the population, with Muslims in Britain having the lowest confidence.

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Sarah Obama,  former U.S. President Barack Obama's grandmother, passed away and was buried at a funeral held under Islamic rites. Purpose of Life, the organization that published the name of the British grammar school teacher who was suspended after showing a depiction of Prophet Muhammad, was accused of endangering the safety of the teacher.

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Strasbourg (France) recently approved a grant to a Turkish diaspora association to build a mosque in the city, a move that has been harshly criticized by the French government. The High Court of Malaysia allowed a woman’s petition to challenge her conversion to Islam, which she argued was carried out by her father against her … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The rejected plan for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast via loudspeakers from Peterborough's (UK) mosque will be reconsidered, after it was revealed that the city council website had published a different application on its website when it announced the rejection. 14-year-old volleyball player Najah Aqeel, who had been denied from competing in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Ethno-religious socialisation, national culture and the social construction of British Muslim identity" (Contemporary Islam 14 (November 2020)), Riyaz Timol (Cardiff University) interrogates extant theories of socialization and how and to what extent they accurately explain empirical patterns of Muslim immigrant settlement in the United Kingdom. Among the chief conclusions of the article is that … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indian government charges Tableeghi Jamaat leader with culpable homicide for surge in coronavirus cases. Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Hajj pilgrimage, for the first time since it became a nation, as precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia's Council of Supreme scholars calls upon practicing Muslims to pray at home during Ramadan. United Kingdom … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Brooklyn mosques close indefinitely as number of positive COVID-19 cases rise. Egypt … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Countries and communities around the world are working to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its effects. The following digest represents a variety of sources in which law, particularly Islamic law, was invoked in the decision making process. All roundups can be found at this link. Kuwait amends the adhan to urge prayer at home amidst mosque closures. … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Marriage as Children’s Play: Unregistered Islamic Marriages under English Law

That marriage creates certain rights and obligations goes without saying. The legal definition of marriage, however, remains contentious, especially in multicultural, religiously diverse and legally pluralistic states and societies where legal and religious definitions of marriage may differ. The complexity of the issue is exacerbated when courts have to balance private and public interests while … Continue reading Marriage as Children’s Play: Unregistered Islamic Marriages under English Law