Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban's subsequent takeover of the country has brought, once again, Islam and Islamic law to the fore in recent news coverage, reports, and analyses. This renewed attention to Islamic law is in part due to the fact that the Taliban identifies itself as a Muslim military organization … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Muslim countries, especially Iran, have shown an increasing interest in establishing "milk banks" whereby preterm infants can receive breast milk as opposed to formula, although the practice is being considered from an Islamic perspective, which provides for a tenet of "milk kinship." The Taliban have stated that women would be allowed to study at university … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Suzanne Schneider, deputy director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, commented that the Islamic State and the US far-right, including groups such as QAnon, share the same roots - failed governance. Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban, urged the new Afghan government to uphold sharī'a. Islamic scholars have warned that comparing Texas' … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

At a press conference following the Taliban's capture of Kabul (Afghanistan), senior commander Waheedullah Hashimi commented that the country would be governed by sharī'a. The King Abdul Aziz Endowment of Ain Al-Aziziah installed four new drinking and wuḍūʾ (ablution necessary for prayer) stations in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Haruna Ibn-Sina, the head of the sharī'a police … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

In their first news conference following the capture of Kabul (Afghanistan), the Taliban vowed to respect women's rights "within the framework of Islamic law."  Islamic law is a multifaceted concept, subject to many and varied interpretations.  The Islamic Law Blog and SHARIAsource collectively provide content and context relating to Islamic law.  For a concise introduction … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Juridical Pan-Islam at the Height of Empire" (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 41, no. 2 (August 1, 2021)), Nurfadzilah Yahaya reviews Faiz Ahmed's Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press, 2017),  describing the book as an apt description of how Afghanistan … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

As talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue, the US peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad's proposal circulated to both parties includes "a High Council for Islamic Jurisprudence," to advise ordinary courts as to matters involving the interpretation of Islamic law. Austrian Muslims have planned to sue the Austrian government under the leadership … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Halal Guys filed suit against the Halal Girls, accusing the competing ḥalāl restaurant of trademark infringement. Four alleged white supremacists who are accused of anti-Muslim violence, among other charges, can face charges based on the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, a federal appeals court ruled. Iran's Expediency Council, tasked with settling disagreements between the parliament … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup