Recent Scholarship: Special Journal Issue on Khulʿ

The latest issue of Brill's Islamic Law and Society explores khulʿ practices in the modern world. Khulʿ is a type of Islamic divorce procedure. Although it usually refers to a type of divorce initiated by the wife, the articles below highlight many regional differences, including in the role of the husband and the role of … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Special Journal Issue on Khulʿ

Recent Scholarship: Jackson on Gender in Islamic Studies

In the most recent issue of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Sherman Jackson wrote about the responsibilities of male scholars in acknowledging the perspectives and experiences of Muslim women: "The Alchemy of Domination, 2.0?" Excerpt: In her critical essay, “The Omnipresent Male Scholar,” Professor Kecia Ali sets out to call … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Jackson on Gender in Islamic Studies

Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Here is a round up of recent books on Islamic studies published by Gorgias Press: Fâtima, Daughter of Muḥammad by Christopher Paul Clohessy "But from the shadows of history and the pages of ancient Arabic texts emerges the picture of a startling and distinctive woman who, far from living on the peripheries of Islam’s beginnings, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In this article from the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Eva Brems, Saïla Ouald Chaib, and Katrijn Vanhees discuss the status of the "burkini" (body covering swimwear) under Belgian law and policy. "'Burkini' Bans in Belgian Municipal Swimming Pools: Banning As a Default Option" Following the French commotion on the presence of “burkini” wearers at … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Last month, Equal Times (a Brussels-based news site) published an article discussing the increase in paternity lawsuits and calls for DNA testing in Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates there are 75,000 paternity cases that are slowly making their way through the family court system. According to the article, the judges in these paternity cases have … Continue reading In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Last month, National Geographic published a photo essay on a Muslim minority community (known as Pomaks) who live in northeastern Greece, in a small, remote region called Western Thrace. What makes this region unique is that it is the only place in the European Union that has Islamic courts that are recognized by the national … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Commentary :: The Move Toward Cohabitation: Islamic Marriage in England and Wales

By Vishal Vora and Hadeer Soliman State level discussions, suggested legislation, and case law surrounding Islamic marriage suggest that government officials in England and Wales view the matter, and perhaps Islam as a whole, as incompatible with marriage in the West. This commentary examines some English and Welsh public commentary on Islamic marriage, analyzes statutes … Continue reading Commentary :: The Move Toward Cohabitation: Islamic Marriage in England and Wales

Commentary :: DNA Tests in Morocco: Marking a Historic Turn in Islamic Law

By Zaynab El Bernoussi Last year, the Tangiers First Instance Family Court allowed for DNA tests to be admitted into evidence in family law cases. The plaintiff was a mother who wanted to prove the paternity (bunuwwa) and lineage (nasab) of her daughter born out of wedlock. The case illustrates how, as medical science advances, … Continue reading Commentary :: DNA Tests in Morocco: Marking a Historic Turn in Islamic Law

In the News: Sharīʿa Courts in the UK

A recent article in The Huffington Post profiled Dr. Amra Bone, the first female “sharīʿa court” judge in the UK. As a member of the Sharia Council at Birmingham Central Mosque, Dr. Bone hears divorce cases from Muslim couples seeking to get divorced in accordance with their religious traditions (in 2016, she and her colleagues … Continue reading In the News: Sharīʿa Courts in the UK

Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006 :: A Sourcebook Volume V: Two Famous Cases

Early zeal for application of the reinstated Islamic criminal law resulted in two zināʾ cases which attracted worldwide attention in 2001-2003: the cases of Safiyatu Hussaini and Amina Lawal, litigated in the Sharia Courts of Sokoto and Katsina States, respectively. Vol. V makes available English translations of the records of proceedings and the judgments of … Continue reading Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006 :: A Sourcebook Volume V: Two Famous Cases