Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Muslim Board of Uzbekistan issued a new fatwā equating driver deaths caused by drivers' own mistake to suicide. The High Court of Malaysia ruled that the Islamic Religious Department of Selangor had wrongfully prosecuted Mohd Ezra Mohd Zaid, the owner of the publishing company that published the translation of the book Allah, Liberty, and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council, stated that imāms across the country would advise their congregations during Friday prayers to receive the COVID vaccine. The Muftī of the Federal Territories of Malaysia issued a fatwā that permits the chemical preservation of corpses as a means of battling the pandemic - a practice that … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Peace to those of Faith: Political Affiliation and Belonging in Classical Islamic Thought" (Routledge Handbook of Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa 2021), Omar Farahat (McGill University Faculty of Law) discusses the concept of belonging in classical Islamic thought, focusing on multilayered descriptions of tribal identity. In "Eradicating Gender-Based Violence against Female-Intimate … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Dar-al-Aftah of Pakistan, in consultation with other Islamic scholars, announced in its fatwā that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. AstraZeneca recently responded to concerns from the Muslim world and especially from Indonesia that its COVID-19 vaccine contains ingredients whose consumption is prohibited by Islam, stating that the vaccine does not contain any … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Studying a Lived Law: An Interview with Yossef Rapoport

This interview was conducted by Omar Abdel-Ghaffar (Harvard University, PhD student). This interview is part of the Islamic Law Blog’s Roundtable on Islamic Legal History & Historiography, edited by Intisar Rabb (Editor-in-Chief) and Mariam Sheibani (Lead Blog Editor), and introduced with a list of further readings in the short post by Intisar Rabb: “Methods and … Continue reading Studying a Lived Law: An Interview with Yossef Rapoport

Ways for Muslims to Follow Islamic Law amid the Spanish Inquisition

By Terrence George This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Background In the year 711, Muslim forces invaded the Iberian Peninsula and conquered most of its defenders within a decade. The Muslim Andalusian Umayyad … Continue reading Ways for Muslims to Follow Islamic Law amid the Spanish Inquisition

Muslim Scholars Issue Guidance on Eid Prayers During Lockdown

Muslim scholars and religious leaders around the world are sharing guidelines for participating in Eid al-Fitr prayers under lockdown. A recent news article by Islam 21C offers a summary of the fatwā recently joint-issued by international scholars. The community of scholars provide alternatives for Muslims who are excused from performing Eid prayer in congregation, in … Continue reading Muslim Scholars Issue Guidance on Eid Prayers During Lockdown

Assembling Clones: Adjudicating Future Bodies in Shīʿī Jurisprudence

By Emily O'Dell Notions in Shīʿī jurisprudence about bodily interventions, such as the mutability of the body and the permissibility of biotechnology to assemble non-normative bodies, are distinct from Sunnī conceptions on these issues. Sunnī fatwās against cloning have been issued by Al-Azhar in Egypt, the Muslim World League in Mecca, the European Council for Fatwa … Continue reading Assembling Clones: Adjudicating Future Bodies in Shīʿī Jurisprudence

Fatwas: diverse in form, diverse in reach

After the first session of my Islamic law seminar this fall, I chose the readings for each class with an eye on the particular interests of the enrolled students. Accordingly, of the three fatwas we read, spanning the fourteenth and twentieth centuries, the first reflected one student’s interest in medical ethics. The fatwa in question … Continue reading Fatwas: diverse in form, diverse in reach