COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Commenting on their use of applications to track those entering and exiting Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities in Islam,  the spokesperson for the presidency responsible for managing the holy sites, Hani Haider (Saudi Arabia), stated that they have developed the Eatmarna and the Tawakkalna apps to monitor the movement of visitors. The General … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Pirates and Pilgrims: The Plunder of the Ganj-i Sawai, the Hajj, and a Mughal Captain’s Perspective" (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 64, no. 1-2 (2021)), Tyler Joseph Kynn (University of Memphis), using literature on "[t]he pirate attack by Henry Every in 1695 on a Mughal ship" carrying travelers from … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced in a statement that only "immunized people" will be allowed to perform the umrah (year-round pilgrimage) and the hajj (pilgrimage). Egypt announced that only designated mosques will be open during Ramadan for the additional Ramadan prayer (ṣalāt al-tarāwīḥ), not to exceed half an hour.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia announced that a coronavirus vaccine would be mandatory in order to participate in this year's pilgrimage (hajj). The Muslim Council of Britain recently issued its latest coronavirus best practices, including Ramadan safety guidance. In an attempt to tighten its COVID restrictions, Turkey announced that communal means during Ramadan would be prohibited.

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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In a recent statement, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it would start receiving pilgrims from outside the country, as the Kingdom resumes its pilgrimage services in Mecca and Medina.  The Ministry announced that during the first phase of reopening it would only admit pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 50 … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

This Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held that Greece owed a Greek woman by the name of Molla Sali 51,000 euros ($57,000) in damages plus expenses “for siding with her late husband’s two sisters and for applying ‘Sharia law to a section of its citizens against their wishes.’” This judgment follows a 2018 decision by the same court in Molla … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indian government charges Tableeghi Jamaat leader with culpable homicide for surge in coronavirus cases. Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Hajj pilgrimage, for the first time since it became a nation, as precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia's Council of Supreme scholars calls upon practicing Muslims to pray at home during Ramadan. United Kingdom … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup