Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Sohaira Siddiqui, Georgetown University Qatar, recently published "Navigating Colonial Power: Challenging Precedents and the Limitation of Local Elites" in Islamic Law and Society 26:3 (13 June 2019), 1-41. "In 1869, the British allowed Muslims to sit as judges on the High Court. This article explores the legal opinions of the first Muslim judge to be appointed to the High Court, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Siddiqui on Syed Mahmood

Historical Primary Sources: Report of the Panel of Jurists Appointed by the Northern Region Government to Examine the Legal and Judicial Systems of the Region

On July 28, 1958, the colonial government of the Northern Region of Nigeria appointed a panel of jurists to examine the multiple systems of law existing in the region and to make recommendations for avoiding conflict among those plural systems. The multiple systems of law were English common law, British colonial statutory law, customary law, … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: Report of the Panel of Jurists Appointed by the Northern Region Government to Examine the Legal and Judicial Systems of the Region

Commentary: The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Islamic Endowments (Awqāf)

This article, by SHARIAsource South Asia editor Dr. Zubair Abbasi, provides an overview of the judgments of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the highest court of appeal in the British Empire regarding Islamic Endowments (awqāf). The cases originated from all over the Muslim-populated areas of the British Empire. The first judgment was delivered … Continue reading Commentary: The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and Islamic Endowments (Awqāf)