By Nurfadzilah Yahaya Two phenomena struck me as particularly incongruous while researching for my book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast and plagued me throughout the process of writing it. The first was “illegal occupations” (‘onwettige occupaties’) which referred to land occupied by populations who were not allowed to own the land according … Continue reading What does Equality Mean in the Colonies?
Covid-19 has delayed hope of pilgrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims for a second year. In a recent sermon, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, called for a science-led approach to Christianity and Islam in combatting the coronavirus.
By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Prof. Ahmed El Shamsy entitled “What Kind of Gloss is a Ḥashiya?,” delivered on April 28, 2021 at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom. Professor El Shamsy’s lecture described the history, impact, and receptions of legal ḥāshiya literature, … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Prof. Ahmed al-Shamsy
By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Dr. Samy Ayoub entitled “Creativity in Continuity: al-rasā’il al-fiqhīyya as a Genre for Legal Change,” delivered on May 26, 2021 at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom. Samy Ayoub’s lecture on May 26, 2021 on late Ḥanafī rasā’il … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Genre as a Tool for Understanding Islamic Law” by Dr. Samy Ayoub
The Field Guide to Islamic Law Online, in the form of a Google document, is a collection of resource links and annotations to SHARIAsource and other Harvard resources, global online digital resources, and a robust “Digital Islamic Law Collection.” We recently added exciting resources to this list: Ketabpedia is an online collection seeking to gather … Continue reading Field Guide to Islamic Law Online
A Pew Research Center study found that around 63% of Indian Muslim believe that there is "one true way" to interpret the teachings of their religion.
A report by the International Social Service entitled "Kafalah: Preliminary analysis of national and cross-border practices" discusses the concept of kafālah, a form of child care recognized under Islamic law, and its reception across a number of jurisdictions globally. In "The Concept of Ecological Balance and Environmental Conservation: An Islamic Practice" (SSRN, July 2, 2021), … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Earlier this year, a Texas judge ordered that a woman seeking a divorce forgo Texas courts but instead submit to the jurisdiction of a sharī'a panel in Saudi Arabia, pursuant to the prenuptial agreement the woman had executed when entering her marriage. Ethos Invest has recently launched an ethical, sharī'a-compliant fund. A Moroccan woman was … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
By Nurfadzilah Yahaya In my book, Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020), I demonstrate how colonialism embodies a contradiction; in a sense, colonial authorities limited and restricted subjects’ lives, but their authority gave rise to a sense of possibility for some colonial subjects perceived to be elite. The largest … Continue reading Ṭalāq in the Colonies – Constraints on Colonial Judiciary
The President of the Malaysian Islamic Party, Abdul Hadi Awang, stated in a public message that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allāh. Because of the recent COVID-19 curbs on pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites by non-Saudi Muslims, many have used and continue to direct their funds to local charities.