Scholarship in “Plain English”: Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

The constitutions of many Muslim-majority countries contain clauses that declare sharīʿa a source of legislation. These “sharīʿa clauses” may name sharīʿa as “a chief source,” “the chief source,” or “the only source,” among others, of national laws. Though the phrasing of these clauses seems quite similar, some scholars and government officials have ascribed importance to … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Madhhab

By Alicia Daniel Sources: Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law, Islamic Law and Society 8, no. 1 (2001): 27-51. Sherman A. Jackson, The Primacy of Domestic Politics: Ibn Bint Al-Aʿazz and the Establishment of Four Chief Judgeships in Mamlûk Egypt, Journal of the … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Madhhab

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Anver Emon on What We can Learn from Debates about Religious Minorities in Islamic Law

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Anver Emon, Religious Minorities and Islamic Law: Accommodation and the Limits of Tolerance, in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? 323–43 (Anver Emon, Mark Ellis, and Benjamin Glahn eds., 2012). *Note: All page numbers used as citations refer to the above chapter. Summary In medieval Islamic … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Anver Emon on What We can Learn from Debates about Religious Minorities in Islamic Law

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Qurʾān: the primary Islamic religious text

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law, Islamic Law and Society 8, no. 1 (2001): 27-51. Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Qurʾān: the primary Islamic religious text

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on the Primacy of Domestic Politics

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Alicia Daniel, Review of Sherman A. Jackson, The Primacy of Domestic Politics: Ibn Bint Al-Aʿazz and the Establishment of Four Chief Judgeships in Mamlūk Egypt [Journal of the American Oriental Society 115, no. 1 (1995): 52-65], Islamic Law Blog (2017) Narrative Abstract Upon coming into power in Egypt in the year … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on the Primacy of Domestic Politics

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Sunna: Reports of the Prophet Muhammad’s and other Leading Islamic Authorities’ Normative Example  

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law, Islamic Law and Society 8, no. 1 (2001): 27-51. *Note: All page numbers used as citations refer to the above article. Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Sunna: Reports of the Prophet Muhammad’s and other Leading Islamic Authorities’ Normative Example  

Review :: Fadel on the Function of the “Interest Ban” in Islamic Finance

Student editor Alicia Daniel reviews Mohammad H. Fadel, Ribâ, Efficiency and Prudential Regulation: Preliminary Thoughts, 25 Wisconsin Journal of International Law 655 (2008). Islamic finance creates financial products specifically aimed at Muslims that are sharīʿa compliant. Many scholars have condemned Islamic finance for condemning ribā (interest) on the one hand, particularly where usurious, but then many others have … Continue reading Review :: Fadel on the Function of the “Interest Ban” in Islamic Finance

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on Taqlīd and the Evolution of Islamic Legal Reasoning

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Alicia Daniel, Review of Sherman A. Jackson, Taqlīd, Legal Scaffolding and the Scope of Legal Injunctions in Post-Formative Theory Muṭlaq and ʿĀmm in the Jurisprudence of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qarāfī, [Islamic Law and Society 3, no. 2 (1996): 165–92], Islamic Law Blog (Mar. 2017) Summary Scholars currently disagree about the origins and … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on Taqlīd and the Evolution of Islamic Legal Reasoning

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Fatwā

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law, Islamic L. & Society 8, 27–51 (2001). Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California Dornsife College … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Fatwā

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on Interpretation and Legal Change in one Islamic Society on a Contentious Case of Family Law

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Alicia Daniel, Review of Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law [Islamic Law and Society 8, no. 1 (2001): 27-51], Islamic Law Blog (Mar. 2017) Narrative Abstract In the sixteenth century, Egyptian jurists struggled with an issue not unlike that … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Sherman Jackson on Interpretation and Legal Change in one Islamic Society on a Contentious Case of Family Law