Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Under the Taliban government’s austere interpretation of Islamic law, the ‘mahram’ practice long rooted in Afghan society has become compulsory.” For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb’s “Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law.” “A Kenyan mother, who has led a long and desperate… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “Finding the Faqīhāt: women’s legal scholarship and biography in premodern Morocco” (The Journal of North African Studies 29, no. 1 (2024)), Rosemary Admiral (The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities) “examines women’s lives, scholarship, and memory in premodern Morocco through the life of Umm Hani al-ʿAbdusi (d. 1456).” In “Islamic Intellectual… CONTINUE READING

The Prophet Muḥammad’s Concept of the Freedom of Navigation: The Safe-Conduct of Aylah as a Testament

By Hassan S. Khalilieh In my exploration of the historical foundations of the freedom of navigation in early Islam, I unearthed documentary evidence from the Prophet’s era that surprisingly supports … Continue reading The Prophet Muḥammad’s Concept of the Freedom of Navigation: The Safe-Conduct of Aylah as a Testament

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Japan will begin a model project during the current fiscal year to help regional communities attract more foreign visitors with diverse dietary and cultural habits, such as vegetarians and Muslims.” “On April 28, the Supreme Court (SC) [of Philippines] held the first digitalized and regionalized Shari’ah Bar Examinations. Separate from the regular Bar Exams for… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In Islamic Contract Law (Oxford University Press, 2024), Ilias Bantekas (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar) and others “[p]rovide[] the first comprehensive and authoritative treatise of Islamic contract and private law in the English language.” In Reform and Its Perils in Contemporary Islam: The Case of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (Oxford University Press, 2024), Nadia Oweidat… CONTINUE READING

Beyond the Ribāṭ: Exploring Coastal and Offshore Jurisdiction

By Hassan S. Khalilieh As early as the first half of the seventh-century, Caliph ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (r. 13-23/634-644) established the office of the “governorship of the coasts.” Initially focused … Continue reading Beyond the Ribāṭ: Exploring Coastal and Offshore Jurisdiction

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Indonesian Islamic parties have proposed legislation banning alcohol consumption that could see offenders jailed for up to two years[.]” “Ches Special Risk has launched Canada’s first Shariah-compliant insurance product under the name Ethical Insurance.” “Two couples [in Aceh, Indonesia] have received thrashes with canes after allegedly having sex outside marriage, breaking strict laws on gender relations… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In “Concept of Islamic Law Enforcement In the History and Practice of Islamic Justice” (JLPH: Journal of Law, Politic and Humanities 4, no. 3 (2024)), Misnar Syam and Devianty Fitri (Fakultas Hukum, Universitas Andalas, Padang, Indonesia) observe that “[i]n administering the judicial process, Islamic law aims to enforce law and justice proportionally based on Islamic Sharia.”… CONTINUE READING

Reports from the SHARIAsource Lab: Experiments in Collecting and Counting Islamic Legal Canons

The SHARIAsource Courts & Canons (CnC) Annotation Suite leverages data science tools to explore questions in Islamic law and society historically through mapping the controversies and values reflected in courts … Continue reading Reports from the SHARIAsource Lab: Experiments in Collecting and Counting Islamic Legal Canons