Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban's subsequent takeover of the country has brought, once again, Islam and Islamic law to the fore in recent news coverage, reports, and analyses. This renewed attention to Islamic law is in part due to the fact that the Taliban identifies itself as a Muslim military organization … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Muslim countries, especially Iran, have shown an increasing interest in establishing "milk banks" whereby preterm infants can receive breast milk as opposed to formula, although the practice is being considered from an Islamic perspective, which provides for a tenet of "milk kinship." The Taliban have stated that women would be allowed to study at university … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Banking on Blind Faith? Islamic Finance, Consumer Protection and Public Policy" (SSRN, February 18, 2021) Faisal Kutty (Valparaiso University Law School) argues that current Islamic finance practices fall short of Islamic ethics and ideals. In "The Promise and Paradox of Women in the Judiciary in Indonesia" (SSRN,  June 1, 2021) Melissa Crouch (University of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "On Sacred Land" (Minnesota Law Review, vol. 105 (2021)), Khaled A. Beydoun (Wayne State University Law School) discusses America's "Anti-Sharia Movement" within the context of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person's Act, highlighting the resistance local governments exhibit against the creation of mosques and other Islamic community centers across the country. In "Women … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Monika Zalnieriute and Catherine Weiss analyze the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s (HRC) consideration of legal prohibitions on Islamic face-coverings in Yaker v. France and Hebbadj v. France in "Reconceptualizing Intersectionality in Judicial Interpretation: Moving Beyond Formalistic Accounts of Discrimination on Islamic Covering Prohibitions," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, (originally published … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

:: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: The Handmaiden’s Tale

By Kecia Ali (Boston University) As someone who researches and teaches about early Islamic law, I have longed for a translation of the Muwaṭṭaʾ which renders legal terminology with consistency and precision, suitable for skimming, quoting, recommending to interested lay readers, and assigning to students. There have been two “nonacademic” English translations, primarily aimed at “pious … Continue reading :: Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable :: The Handmaiden’s Tale