Capital Punishment Case Establishes that Sharia Cannot Invalidate Secular Laws in Malaysia

By Terrence George 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. Summary In 1988, the Supreme Court of Malaysia heard the case of Che Omar bin Che Soh v. Public Prosecutor.1 The case arose as … Continue reading Capital Punishment Case Establishes that Sharia Cannot Invalidate Secular Laws in Malaysia

Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law Resources Roundup

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The Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law, 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: McGill Islamic Lithographs Digital Collection includes over 750 … Continue reading Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law Resources Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

The University of Vienna’s Department of Near Eastern Studies is convening a series of online workshops titled “Digital Humanities and Ottoman Studies” throughout 2020 and early 2021. The lecture series is intended to prepare the participants for the upcoming workshop to be held on February 11-13, 2021.

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In a recent podcast episode of the Ajam Podcast Project titled “Rebels, Imams, and Problems of History in Early Islam,” Najam Haider discusses his new book The Rebel and the Imām in Early Islam (Cambridge University Press 2019). The podcast (and the book) shifts the focus of historical writing in early Islam from veracity, which … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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

Comparative Law and the Middle East at ASCL 2020! (A PIL Guide)

The Program in Islamic Law (PIL) has curated a list of panels from the American Society of Comparative Law's (ASCL) 2020 Annual Meeting schedule that feature speakers whose submissions are related to the Middle East, Islamic law and history, or Muslim-majority countries.* ASCL's  annual meeting this year, cosponsored by UCLA School of Law International and … Continue reading Comparative Law and the Middle East at ASCL 2020! (A PIL Guide)

The Modern Transformation of the Duty to Fight

By Adnan Zulfiqar  This post is the second in a series of four posts on obligation, jihād, revolution and prisons. In my prior post, I provided a cursory sketch of juristic thought on collective duties between the third/ninth and eighth/fourteenth centuries. Here, I want to demonstrate the potential of premodern thought on legal obligation by … Continue reading The Modern Transformation of the Duty to Fight

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia, as part of its first phase of reopening, started to allow a maximum number of 6,000 pilgrims - for now only Saudi citizens and residents - to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca for a maximum duration of three hours. The Middle East Studies Association convened a panel titled "Middle East Studies and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Alkamawa v. Bello and Another: Case Considers the Form and Status of Islamic Law in Northern Nigeria

By Terrence George 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. Background In the wake of Fulani Sheikh Usman Danfodio’s conquest of Hausaland in 1804, an Islamic legal system was established in what would become … Continue reading Alkamawa v. Bello and Another: Case Considers the Form and Status of Islamic Law in Northern Nigeria

Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law Resources Roundup

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The Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law, 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 an exciting resource to this list: The Turkish Official Gazette, a daily publication … Continue reading Field Guide to Digital Islamic Law Resources Roundup