Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Can Islamic Law Principles Regarding Settlement of Criminal Disputes Solve the Problem of the US Mass Incarceration?" (SSRN,  June 23, 2021),  Amin R. Yacoub (University of Virginia School of Law) and Becky Briggs (University of San Diego) discuss the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States and how Islamic law principles of criminal … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

National Geographic reported that Muslim clerics in the United States were leading vaccination efforts in their respective communities. Some local schools in France have cancelled their "substitute meal" programs that accommodated the dietary restrictions of their Muslim students, prompting a debate about Islam's place in France's educational system. The Miramichi Islamic Centre in Canada hosted … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "From conquest to co-existence: Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī's (d. 593/1197) re-interpretation of jihād" (Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 32 no. 2), Youcef L. Soufi (University of Toronto) takes issue with the mainstream view in scholarship that second/eight century Muslim jurists' conception of jihād was uniformly in support of continuous imperial conquest. In "Islam from the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "On Sacred Land" (Minnesota Law Review, vol. 105 (2021)), Khaled A. Beydoun (Wayne State University Law School) discusses America's "Anti-Sharia Movement" within the context of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person's Act, highlighting the resistance local governments exhibit against the creation of mosques and other Islamic community centers across the country. In "Women … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The United States appointed its first Muslim American federal judge, Zahid Quraishi. Germany opened its first "Islamic training college" to help reduce the number of foreign-trained imāms. Austria's Integration Minister recently defended the government's "Muslim map" that includes the locations of and detailed information about 620 mosques and Muslim associations throughout the country, a move … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

A recent Pew Research Center study found that "[a]bout eight-in-ten Americans say there is a lot or some discrimination in their society, and two-thirds or more in the UK, Germany and France agree." In "Christians, Muslims and Traditional Worshippers in Nigeria: Estimating the Relative Proportions from Eleven Nationally Representative Social Surveys" (Review of Religious Research, … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

As talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue, the US peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad's proposal circulated to both parties includes "a High Council for Islamic Jurisprudence," to advise ordinary courts as to matters involving the interpretation of Islamic law. Austrian Muslims have planned to sue the Austrian government under the leadership … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Eid festivities have been halted in Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes. International Union of Muslim Scholars recently convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine and its implications on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Governor of California appointed Santa Barbara councilwoman and past Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (ILSP) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Faith Among Black Americans," (Pew Research Center, 2021), Besheer Mohamed and his colleagues discuss the findings of a survey involving more than 8,600 Black American adults, according to which "3% belong to non-Christian faiths, the most common of which is Islam." In another recent study entitled "Large Majority of the Public Views Prosecution of … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup