Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Kerala High Court (India) recently overturned a decades-long precedent that had prohibited Muslim women from divorcing their husbands without judicial intervention.  In its new decision, the Court noted that judicial intervention was warranted only in faskh cases that involved the intervention of an Islamic judge, thereby recognizing the right of Muslim women to dissolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Dar-al-Aftah of Pakistan, in consultation with other Islamic scholars, announced in its fatwā that the COVID-19 vaccine is permissible under Islamic law. AstraZeneca recently responded to concerns from the Muslim world and especially from Indonesia that its COVID-19 vaccine contains ingredients whose consumption is prohibited by Islam, stating that the vaccine does not contain any … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Last Wednesday, Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, received an injection of the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine. Johor (Malaysian state) ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar imposed new restrictions under the Movement Control Order. The Order, among other things, limits daily and Fridays prayers to a congregation of twelve people at most.

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