Karnataka High Court’s Interpretation of Islamic Sources: Ḥijāb is Not “Part of Essential Religious Practice in Islam”

By Raha Rafii In the last few decades, courts in India have been increasingly settling matters of whether details of Muslim personal law, which include matters of marriage, divorce, and inheritance, continue to be applicable. During the British colonial period, the various religious communities in India had been governed by their own personal status laws,[1] … Continue reading Karnataka High Court’s Interpretation of Islamic Sources: Ḥijāb is Not “Part of Essential Religious Practice in Islam”

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Review: Syed Mahmood; Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge by Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmad" (Hindustan Times, May 23, 2022), Shafey Kidwai (Aligarh Muslim University) reviews the book Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge (Bloomsbury 2022). In "Methodology for Studying the Relationship between Islamic Law and National Customs in the Uzbek … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In her opinion piece in Rewire News Group, Aliza Kazmi, commenting on the recently leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade, wrote: "Islam supports an individual’s bodily autonomy, and we need to advocate for our community’s right to an abortion." Lawyers for the Malian Islamist rebel Al … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Karnataka High Court Order Upholds Ḥijāb Ban in Government Schools

By Raha Rafii On March 15, 2022, the Karnataka High Court[1] dismissed petitions against its Interim Order[2] upholding the Government Order[3] dated May 2, 2022 banning ḥijāb in government schools in the state of Karnataka, India. The Court dismissed a few petitions based on lack of sufficient evidence, while dismissing the arguments of the remaining … Continue reading Karnataka High Court Order Upholds Ḥijāb Ban in Government Schools

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Dr. Sohail Hanif, who became National Zakat Foundation's Chief Executive in November 2021, appeared in a podcast for islamic21c.com to speak about "the power of zakat." The Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan asked the government to end interest-based banking by 2027. Some Muslim jurists have cautioned Muslims against making their … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Mut'ah Marriage Position In The National Law System And Islamic Law" (Veteran Justice Journal 3, no. 2 (2022)), Ainul Yakin (Universitas Nurul Jadid) "examines the position of mutáh marriage in the [Indonesian] national legal system and Islamic law. " Oliver Scharbrodt (Lund University) reviews Rachel M. Scotta's (Virginia Tech) … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In Interim Order, Karnataka High Court Upholds Government Order Banning Hijab

By Raha Rafii In December 2021, a dispute broke out at Government Pre-University College for Girls in the state of Karnataka, India, where six students demanded to wear the headscarf/ḥijāb on school grounds.[1] This action set off several protests and counter-protests over subsequent months in multiple districts, including students wearing saffron shawls to assert religious … Continue reading In Interim Order, Karnataka High Court Upholds Government Order Banning Hijab

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a madrasa at Ayasofya, two years after the site was converted into a mosque. For more content and context on Ayasofya's conversion from a museum into a mosque, consult our "Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia." Forty people were reported … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Malaysia ranked first among 81 countries and regions in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the ninth straight year." Zuha Siddiqui traced the history of America's oldest surviving mosque in Williamsburg for Bedword and Bowery. Muslim children who chose to fast during Ramadan have been balancing fasting and school. The … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Jocelyn Hendrickson's book, Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa (Harvard UP, 2021), has been shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson book prize. As Muslims worldwide have begun observing Ramadan, Islamic scholars have explained why Muslims fast during this month. The Chief Minister … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup