ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Islamic fintech, or iFintech, witnessed considerable growth recently, with Malaysia described as "the most robust ecosystem supporting the industry." Online and mobile-first fintech companies, sometimes called "neobanks," are increasingly offering sharī'a-compliant services, in a move to accommodate the needs of their Muslim clientele. While many Afghans continue to fear the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Sultan" (Bloomsbury 2021), Yuval Ben-Bassat (University of Haifa) discusses the institution of petitioning the Ottoman sultan, specifically Abdulhamid II, as a legal remedy in Ottoman Palestine. Abhishek Gupta (Indian Law Institute) discusses Indian Muslims' demand for interest-free Islamic banking in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Adel Salman, President of the Islamic Council of Victoria (Australia), which has been running online vaccination information sessions targeted to the local Muslim community, stated that they are observing a noticeable and favorable change in the local Muslim community's eagerness to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Association of Muslim Professionals, an NGO based in Mumbai … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
"Despite the emergency situation facing Iraq due to the coronavirus pandemic, the people's faith in Imam Hussein means they are not afraid" said one pilgrim in Karbala (Iraq) who had travelled there to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandchild of the Prophet, on the day of 'Āshūrā - a commemorative event for Shī'ī Muslims … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
In "Partition of Punjab: How a Secularist Province Developed Communal Consciousness" (SSRN, August 9, 2021), Eshwar Venkataswamy (Philips Academy) discusses how Punjab, a peaceful region where inter-communal relations between Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs were relatively peaceful, deteriorated in recent years, with a focus on religious sectarianism. In "The Predatory State and Coercive Assimilation: The Case … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Al Sudais, the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia, appointed two women, Dr. Fatima Al Rushood and Dr. Al Anoud Al Aboud, as his assistants, marking a first in the history of the administration of the Muslim holy sites. The Council of Islamic Ideology (Pakistan) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Recently released findings of the US Mosque Survey 2020 revealed that the number of mosques in the United States experienced a steady increase over the years, increasing from 2,106 in 2010 to 2,769 in 2020. Survey findings of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) of France indicated that Anti-Muslim acts and anti-Islamic bias … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup
A Pew Research Center study found that around 63% of Indian Muslim believe that there is "one true way" to interpret the teachings of their religion.
A new Pew Research study found that about 75% of all Muslims in India prefer Islamic dispute settlement mechanisms for inheritance and divorce-related matters.
The new issue of the Journal of Islamic Law at Harvard Law School (Journal of Islamic Law 2, no. 1 (2021)) has been published online. The new issue includes an article by Sohaira Siddiqui (Georgetown University) entitled "Triple Divorce and the Political Context of Islamic Law in India" that discusses the recent enactment of an … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup