ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Scholars of Islamic law have continued to debate the question of whether the use of cryptocurrencies is permissible under Islamic law. For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here. Some Muslim rights … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslim cryptocurrency enthusiasts in Indonesia have found a way around the recent fatwā issued by the nation's Ulama Council, ruling that cryptocurrency is forbidden under to Islamic law. The Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) stated that it has started sharī'a-based financing in the housing sector. The Taliban's implementation of … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
"Despite the emergency situation facing Iraq due to the coronavirus pandemic, the people's faith in Imam Hussein means they are not afraid" said one pilgrim in Karbala (Iraq) who had travelled there to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandchild of the Prophet, on the day of 'Āshūrā - a commemorative event for Shī'ī Muslims … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Saudi Arabia recently stated that it had begun to allow vaccinated foreigners to visit Mecca and Medina to perform the Umrah pilgrimage. Hefazat-e-Islam (Bangladesh) leaders, who had previously refused to be vaccinated on religious grounds, reversed course and received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ahmadullah, a prominent Muslim cleric from Bangladesh, issued a fatwā stating that using the laughing emoji to mock people is forbidden under Islamic law. Muslim women in Kenya have lobbied the government to ensure that a woman is appointed to the top Kadhi court adjudicating Islamic law matters. A new Pew Research study found that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Bangladesh: Religious Intolerance in Bangladesh" (Religious Intolerance in South Asia, ed. Farahnaz Ispahani (forthcoming 2021)), using a unique and nationally representative dataset from 2017, C. Christine Fair and Parina Patel (Georgetown University) discuss their findings regarding support for sharī'a among Bangladeshi voters in addition to levels of communal and sectarian intolerance.
Citing coronavirus concerns, Bangladesh recently blocked access to refugee camps hosting around 740,000 Rohingya Muslims. As the pandemic continues to hit India, a Hindu nurse reciting Islamic prayers to her suffering Muslim patient made headlines in the country.
In "Islamic Criminal Jurisprudence on the Offence of Trafficking in Persons: An Interpretation of Fasad fil Arz and Hadd Offence," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, Muhammad Sohail and Ataullah Khan Mahmood address the topic of Hudood offences and their relationship to Islamic criminal jurisprudence. Raad Mozib Lalon reveals the economic effects … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Eva Brems offers an analysis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights at the intersection of women’s rights and religious freedom in "Hidden Under Headscarves? Women and Religion in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal. Moving beyond an … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup