Commentary :: Raziya bt. Abdallah v. Hafiza bt. Receb: A Former Concubine Wins her Manumission in Court

Case: Translation of the Court Record The woman called Radiya bt. Abd Allah, of Georgian origin and medium stature, appeared in the courthouse. She is known as the former slave of her recently deceased master, Küçük Hasan Beşe. She initiated a claim against [fakhr aqranihi – pride of equals] al-Hajj Sinan Beşe ibn Hasan, the … Continue reading Commentary :: Raziya bt. Abdallah v. Hafiza bt. Receb: A Former Concubine Wins her Manumission in Court

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslim scholars have continued to issue a variety of legal opinions (fatwās) on the permissibility of cryptocurrencies under Islamic law, some deeming them permissible and some declaring them forbidden. For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Translating Islamic sources" (Great Kashmir, August 31, 2022), Furqan Majeed (Central University of Kashmir) explores the various translation movements of the Qur’ān in the European vernaculars. In "The Independent Thinking Of Imam Warith Deen Muhammad" (Eurasia Review, August 31, 2022), Jihad Saafir and Mustapha Kulungu explore the legacy and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Discursive Tradition of Commentaries (shurūḥ) – Lessons from Matn Abī Shujāʿ

By Felicitas Opwis The study of commentaries (shurūḥ) and glosses (ḥawāshī) has rightly received attention and appreciation in recent years. The scholarship of Asad, El Shamsy, Saleh, Wisnovsky as well as El-Rouayheb, Bauer, and Messick[1] are correcting the previously invoked image of intellectual stagnation and decline of the so-called post-classical period as advocated most forcefully … Continue reading The Discursive Tradition of Commentaries (shurūḥ) – Lessons from Matn Abī Shujāʿ

Fellow Spotlight: Professor Issam Eido

This interview is part of our Fellow Spotlight series. This series features interviews with current and previous PIL Fellows, highlighting their work with the Program, their path getting here, and the road going forward. For more information on our Fellows, visit our website.  Can you tell us a little bit about your background - where are … Continue reading Fellow Spotlight: Professor Issam Eido

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS According to data from India's Darul Qaza, or Islamic arbitration center, more divorces have been sought through khula, whereby the woman petitions a judge for divorce and surrenders hew dowry, rather than through triple talaq, whereby the husband unilaterally divorces his wife. "Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (Markazudawa), [an Islamic organization operating … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: The recently founded "Journal of Digital Islamicate Research (JDIR) is a peer-reviewed journal covering the field of Middle Eastern and Islamicate Digital Humanities (DH). It aspires to adjust the computational, visualization and big data methods for the exploration of contemporary and historical cultures (also known as Cultural Analytics, CA) to … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Welcome to our September Guest Blogger: Felicitas Opwis

Dr. Felicitas Opwis, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, received her doctorate from Yale University. Her scholarship investigates the articulation of the religious sciences of Islam in their historical, social, and political environment, focusing on Islamic law. In addition to tracing the intellectual history of the concept of public interest (maṣlaḥa) … Continue reading Welcome to our September Guest Blogger: Felicitas Opwis

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The 1989 fatwā imposed by Iran's late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie has sparked a more general debate on fatwās in Islamic law and their implementation.  Some scholars have drawn attention to the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia in terms of political ambitions in the region as well … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Contributions of Medieval Muslim Scholars to the History of Economics and their Impact: A Refutation of the Schumpeterian Great Gap" (in A Companion to the History of Economic Thought, eds. Warren J. Samuels et al. (Blackwell Publishing, 2003)), Hamid S. Hosseini (University of Newcastle) "explains that medieval Muslim writers … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup