Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law In "The Probate Regime: Enchanted Bureaucracy, Islamic Law, and the Capital of Orphans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt" (Law and History Review (2022)), Adam Mestyan (Duke University) and Rezk Nori (Center for Contemporary History of Egypt) "explore the 'probate regime,' an administrative field of government activity of legally transferring, taxing, and administering … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Women in Afghanistan carried out a protest against the Taliban-led regime after they banned women from working for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)." "Even before the Taliban barred Afghan women from working at non-governmental groups, their forces visited the office of one local organization in the capital Kabul several times to check … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

How to do things with translation: ‘Personal law’

By Iza Hussin Whereas the first of these posts focussed on translation between one text and another, and the second on one set of vocabularies to another, this third post considers inter-imperial translation as a source for one of the most politically productive conflations in the history of modern Islamic legal institutions: personal status/family law/Islamic … Continue reading How to do things with translation: ‘Personal law’

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Mehmet Oz, a television personality and retired surgeon of Turkish descent, who is running in Pennsylvania for the United States Senate, when asked about his personal faith and views on Islam, commented: “We don’t want Sharia law in America. I’m a secular Muslim.” Grand Imam Ahmad el-Tayeb, a Sunnī and former … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Indian Union Women’s League (IUWL) has requested the Indian Parliament to not amend Muslim personal law in a way that would contravene Islamic law. "The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently reaffirmed that a Muslim girl who reaches the age of 15 can marry whoever she wants, and such a marriage … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS As antigovernment protests on state-imposed rules of Islamic attire continue in Iran, historians have reminded that, prior to the establishment of the Islamic republic, "[w]omen in Iran have also donned hijab as a symbol of resistance against oppression, monarchy." As protests in the wake of Mahsa Amini's death while under … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Around 50 Harvard affiliates gathered on the steps of Widener Library on Friday to stand in solidarity with women in Iran, where protests have erupted in recent weeks after Zhina Mahsa Amini died in police custody." "The Texas Supreme Court has sent a divorce case back to a Collin County … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Discussions to reform Egypt's personal status and family law have been ongoing for years, with competing political factions trying to wield influence over the reform process. International arbitration systems have been developing judicial standards to resolve complex Islamic finance disputes. Some pundits have argued that Justice Alito's reference to a … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "The Battle Over Family Law in Egypt Shows Only the Personal Can Be Political, And Then Only So Far" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 12, 2022), Nathan J. Brown (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences), commenting on recent attempts to reform Egyptian personal law, argues that "[e]ven in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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