COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab, the leader of the now-banned Islam Defenders Front, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment for concealing his COVID-19 test result. Rises in prices for this year's pilgrimage (hajj) have been attributed to additional costs associated with measures against COVID-19.

Islam and Data Science Roundup

A study by Reuters found that Muslims in France have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic compared to other communities and that the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the total population. A Reuters investigation of Indonesia's banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are "quitting traditional … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

A Reuters investigation of Indonesia's banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are "quitting traditional banks" citing concerns of incompatibility with Islamic law. Former Minister of European Affairs of Portugal, Bruno Macaes, stated that Islam "is part of European history and culture," adding that "it's not a … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indonesian authorities sentenced Islamic cleric Habib Rizieq to eight months of imprisonment for encouraging people to attend mass gatherings amid the pandemic. The Indonesian government, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it was cancelling all pilgrimages to Mecca for the second year in a row.  Saudi Arabian authorities announced that during this year's … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Peace to those of Faith: Political Affiliation and Belonging in Classical Islamic Thought" (Routledge Handbook of Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa 2021), Omar Farahat (McGill University Faculty of Law) discusses the concept of belonging in classical Islamic thought, focusing on multilayered descriptions of tribal identity. In "Eradicating Gender-Based Violence against Female-Intimate … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "The Dilemma of Ethics in Advertising in Pakistan: An Islamic Perspective"  (International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management & Applied Sciences and Technologies, 2021), Hassan Ali Maan and Wajiha Raziha Rizvi (Beaconhouse National University Pakistan), using data aggregated from 250 students at three universities in Pakistan, discuss the youth's perception of advertising, Western influence, and … Continue reading Islam and Data Science 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

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