Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Military grocery stores need to provide more options to meet the needs of service members and families with religious dietary requirements, a pair of congressional lawmakers told the Defense Commissary Agency director in a [recent letter].” Responding to widespread criticism regarding the state’s treatment of women’s rights, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban government, said: “Men… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Relationships Rights and Legal Pluralism: The Inadequacy of Marriage Laws in Europe (Routledge, 2025) (forthcoming), edited by Mateusz Stępień and Anna Juzaszek (Jagiellonian University) “brings together leading social and legal scholars to tackle the incompatibility of marriage laws with contemporary social reality in Europe.”  “The third part of the book features empirical research on the… CONTINUE READING

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS “Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, together with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other officials and crew were killed on Sunday when their helicopter crashed during bad weather in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.  . . . Raisi’s death might also facilitate an early election to replace Iran’s Supreme Leader.” India‘s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared his support… CONTINUE READING

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In Muslim Women between Community and Individual Rights: Legal Pluralism and Marriage in South Africa (Springer, 2024), Fatima Mukaddam (University of Luzern, Switzerland) “presents an in-depth exploration of the intricate negotiations of married Muslim women within Cape Town’s Muslim communities, navigating the complexities of legal pluralism governed by Muslim Personal Law (MPL).” The American Journal… CONTINUE READING

Two Tenth-Century C.E. Islamic Treatises on Admiralty and Maritime Laws from the Mediterranean Sea and Western Indian Ocean

By Hassan S. Khalilieh Nautical issues are treated by Islamic law from two distinct perspectives governed by two different systems. The first is public international law, which covers themes related … Continue reading Two Tenth-Century C.E. Islamic Treatises on Admiralty and Maritime Laws from the Mediterranean Sea and Western Indian Ocean

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