Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Eid festivities have been halted in Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes. International Union of Muslim Scholars recently convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine and its implications on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Governor of California appointed Santa Barbara councilwoman and past Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (ILSP) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Iran's Guardian Council, the 12-member entity tasked with, among other things, ensuring the compatibility of legislation with Iran's Constitution, launched its English website. The UAE authorities announced a new rule that makes it mandatory for companies listed on any UAE stock exchange to have at least one woman on their board of directors. Saudi Arabia … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Halal Guys filed suit against the Halal Girls, accusing the competing ḥalāl restaurant of trademark infringement. Four alleged white supremacists who are accused of anti-Muslim violence, among other charges, can face charges based on the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, a federal appeals court ruled. Iran's Expediency Council, tasked with settling disagreements between the parliament … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Endowments and Charity Affairs Organization of Iran's Fars province announced that most of the province's waqf properties would undergo extensive renovation. The Iranian government approved a bill to protect women against domestic violence, which will need to be reviewed and approved by the legislature and before being passed to the nation's Guardian Council that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Iran’s Guardian Council recently stated that women are allowed to register as presidential candidates, although so far no woman has been approved by the Council. The French President Emanuel Macron’s recent statement describing Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” and his government’s draft bill to be announced later … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

On Apr 16, Marzieh Tofighi Darian gave a talk on "Judicial Review in Iran: Whose Guardian: Constitution or Sharia?" in which she examined the role of Iran's Guardian Council in evaluating claims of sharīʿa compatibility and constitutional violations. She detailed the Guardian Council’s place in Iran’s constitutional design and the controversies that arise with Parliament … Continue reading Lunch Talk: Judicial Review in Iran

The Duality of State Law and Sharīʿa in the Islamic Republic of Iran

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian Islamic Republic of Iran has designed an elaborate and stringent system of Islamic constitutionalism under its 1979 Constitution. Not only does the Constitution aim at making sharīʿa the main source of legislation,[1] it also establishes a detailed system to ensure the enforcement of its sharīʿa clause. The Constitution has vested the … Continue reading The Duality of State Law and Sharīʿa in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Women’s Rights and the Guardian Council’s Barrier

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian In recent months, there has been a spike in the number of bills that members of Parliament and the executive branch have proposed and presented to Iran’s Parliament aiming at ameliorating laws that have historically discriminated against women and providing more robust protections for their rights. This paper looks at some … Continue reading Women’s Rights and the Guardian Council’s Barrier