Weekend Scholarship Roundup

On January 7-8, 2021, the Legal History Blog hosted an online conference entitled "Paper Empires: Layers of law in colonial South Asia and the Indian Ocean." Among others, Fahad Bishara (University of Virginia) presented his paper entitled "The Sailing Scribes: Legal Thinking and Praxis Across the Twentieth-Century Indian Ocean." In "The Majelis Ulama Indonesia and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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President of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Principal of Darul Uloom Deoband, Arshad Madani, among the leading Islamic scholars in India, stated that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. Raza Academy in India, an organization of Sufi Muslims, wrote to the World Health Organization, requesting information about the contents of the various vaccines against … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Rida Hesti Ratnassari, an Indonesian scholar, documented in a journal article that the country's handling of the pandemic has not been fully compliant with maqāsid al-sharī'a, the main objectives of Islamic law. Volunteer Muslims in Myanmar have been helping the Muslim community so that they can burry their deceased relatives in accordance with Islamic law, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The recording of the 4th Islamicate Digital Humanities Network (IDHN) Conference is now available online. The presents include Suphan Kirmizialtin (NYU Abu Dhabi): Handwritten-Text-Recognition for Arabic Script: A Case Study in Ottoman Turkish; Sofia Tsourlaki  (SOAS University of London): When digital forms of information become a reliable source of academic research; Ken Chitwood (Freie Universität … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Iran issued the first set of ID cards to children born to Iranian mothers and foreign fathers. In India the first arrest was made based on the newly-enacted Interfaith Marriage Law that aims to stop the so-called "love jihād" - a term highly contested and often invoked by Hindu nationalists to accuse Muslim men of … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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The pandemic has served as a catalyst for Gulf countries in their bid to adopt Western norms and policies, as declining oil prices, due to the pandemic, has underlined the need for attracting more foreign talent and investment. News of the Covid-19 vaccine prompted Indonesian politicians to call for a halal vaccine, given that back … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Vice President Maruf Amin of Indonesia confirmed President Joko Widodo’s view that COVID-19 vaccines should receive a ḥalāl certification to render their use permissible under Islamic law. Harvard University's Center for African Studies will host an online lecture on November 12, 2020, titled "Legal Regulation of Faith: The Limits of Religious Freedom and the Challenge … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup