SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Experiencing ‘nikah Captivity’ in the West: Gendered Conflicts over Ending Muslim Marriages" (Journal of Muslims in Europe, online, September 16, 2021), Anika Liversage (The Danish Center for Social Science Research), based on a series of interviews with Muslim women, finds that second-generation Muslims in Denmark are more easily able … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Muslim countries, especially Iran, have shown an increasing interest in establishing "milk banks" whereby preterm infants can receive breast milk as opposed to formula, although the practice is being considered from an Islamic perspective, which provides for a tenet of "milk kinship." The Taliban have stated that women would be allowed to study at university … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
The Western Sydney community leaders in Australia, including Sydney sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman, have attempted to dispel unscientific notions about the coronavirus vaccine by posting videos of themselves getting vaccinated. Kent (UK) Muslims came together for the first time since COVID restrictions at an Islamic convention. A team of volunteers in Jakarta (Indonesia) are helping the … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Multiple surveys conducted in Lebanon and Iran, and other countries, by the Arab Barometer and the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran, suggest that personal piety is declining across the Muslim world.
In "From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble" (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, May 13, 2021), Myriam Hunter-Henin (University College London) takes a closer look at France's Anti-Separatism Law and compares it with the nation's 1905 Law on separation of state and church. Arzoo Oslano's (University of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup
Eid festivities have been halted in Gaza due to Israeli airstrikes. International Union of Muslim Scholars recently convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine and its implications on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Governor of California appointed Santa Barbara councilwoman and past Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (ILSP) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
A California Court of Appeals refused to apply Iranian law in a case involving a plaintiff whose work in Iran exposed him to high levels of asbestos, reasoning that Iranian law reflects religious ideology instead of economic interest. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board issued a statement urging Muslims in India to adhere to Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Iran's Guardian Council, the 12-member entity tasked with, among other things, ensuring the compatibility of legislation with Iran's Constitution, launched its English website. The UAE authorities announced a new rule that makes it mandatory for companies listed on any UAE stock exchange to have at least one woman on their board of directors. Saudi Arabia … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Zoroastrian law and the spread of Islam in Iranian society (ninth-tenth century)" (Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies (2021)) Christian C. Sahner (University of Oxford) takes a closer look at three Zoroastrian legal texts consisting of questions and answers to high-ranking priests.