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
In "Islam-based legal language and state governance: democracy, strength of the judiciary and human rights" (Constitutional Political Economy (2020)), Emilia Justyna Powell (University of Notre Dame) and her coauthors test the hypothesis of whether Islamic legal language is associated with lower levels of electoral democracy, fewer liberties, and a weaker judicial system. Based on an … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
Salma Waheedi’s (Harvard Law School) and Musawah’s teams have put together an interactive project mapping recent developments in the family laws of thirty-one Muslim-majority countries. Titled “Mapping of Muslim Family Laws Globally,” the project seeks to document progress in family law and practice across Muslim nations with an additional focus on the extent to which … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. Russia’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims stated in a ruling that interfaith marriages between Muslim men and non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Iran’s Guardian Council recently stated that women are allowed to register as presidential candidates, although so far no woman has been approved by the Council. The French President Emanuel Macron’s recent statement describing Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” and his government’s draft bill to be announced later … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
We've compiled a list of news sources that show how countries and communities are using Islamic law to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
By Nicholas Kellum 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. In 1983 at its Third Islamic Summit Conference, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation founded the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (“IIFA”). Based in Jeddah, Saudi … Continue reading Ijtihād on Artificial Insemination
Nurfadzilah Yahaya, SHARIAsource editor and scholar of Islamic legal history, discusses the history of Malay people in this podcast episode titled "Learning Malay History" (The More Better Podcast (2020)). In “Human Rights and Cultural Diversity: the Iranian Discourse” (Iranian Review for UN Studies 2, no.1 (2019)), Pouria Askary and Amirsaed Vakil explore the ways Iran … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup