The Kerala High Court (India) recently overturned a decades-long precedent that had prohibited Muslim women from divorcing their husbands without judicial intervention. In its new decision, the Court noted that judicial intervention was warranted only in faskh cases that involved the intervention of an Islamic judge, thereby recognizing the right of Muslim women to dissolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Muslim Women Scholars: 10,000 Biographies Capturing 1000 Years of Lost History" (Medium, March 8, 2021), Arzoo Ahmed describes the work of Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi that recently culminated in the publication of a 43-volume collection on female ḥadīth transmitters.
Iran's Guardian Council, the 12-member entity tasked with, among other things, ensuring the compatibility of legislation with Iran's Constitution, launched its English website. The UAE authorities announced a new rule that makes it mandatory for companies listed on any UAE stock exchange to have at least one woman on their board of directors. Saudi Arabia … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
The Halal Guys filed suit against the Halal Girls, accusing the competing ḥalāl restaurant of trademark infringement. Four alleged white supremacists who are accused of anti-Muslim violence, among other charges, can face charges based on the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, a federal appeals court ruled. Iran's Expediency Council, tasked with settling disagreements between the parliament … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Cell-based influenza vaccine: current production, halal status assessment, and recommendations towards Islamic-compliant manufacturing" (Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (2020)) Nurul Nadiah Zulkarnain (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and others "review and recommend some alternatives appropriate for manufacturing cell-based influenza vaccine which comply with Islamic laws and consumers’ needs." "Based on 21 cases derived from media reports and face-to-face … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
In "Civil Law Principles in Fiqh of Islamic Law" (Tematics Journal of Law 14, no. 12 (December 2020)), Ayub Mukhammadiev (The Military-Technical Institute of the National Guard of the Republic of Uzbekistan) provides a brief overview of some general principles of Islamic law. In "Re-Assessing the Evidentiary Threshold for Zinā’ in Islamic Criminal Law: A … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship 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
The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation's futuristic design of the new Ayodha Mosque, planned to be built on the site of the Babri Masjid that was demolished in 1992, sparked debate in the country. An amendment to Saudi Arabia's harassment law that will enable the "naming and shaming" of convicted offenders was approved by the country's cabinet.
The Endowments and Charity Affairs Organization of Iran's Fars province announced that most of the province's waqf properties would undergo extensive renovation. The Iranian government approved a bill to protect women against domestic violence, which will need to be reviewed and approved by the legislature and before being passed to the nation's Guardian Council that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Don’t Uncover that Face! COVID-19 Masks and the Niqab: Ironic Transfigurations of the ECtHR’s Intercultural Blindness" (International Journal of Semiot Law (2020)), Mario Ricca (University of Parma) investigates whether the pandemic and specifically the mask mandates implemented across Western societies, in some of which there are various cultural and legal prohibitions against Islamic attire, … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup