Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "The Hoax in the ISIS Flag" (Newlinesmag.org, October 28, 2021), Ahmed El Shamsy (Chicago University) explains how a forged letter, presented by a French diplomat in the middle of the 19th century as the genuine writing of the Prophet, ended up finding its way on the ISIS flag - … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Protecting Antiquities through Islamic Law

By Marta Wojtowicz Description:  In May 2003, the most widely followed Shīʿī religious authority in Iraq, ʾAlī al-Sīstānī, issued a fatwā regarding the protection of Iraqi antiquities, in the wake of the US military invasion and the widespread looting of archeological sites and museums in Iraq.  The intervention is an example of a reasoning based on … Continue reading ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Protecting Antiquities through Islamic Law

ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Guiding Conduct of Pro-Government Militias in Iraq

By Marta Wojtowicz Description: The Advice and Guidance to the Fighters on the Battlefields[1] was issued by ʾAlī al-Sistānī in February 2015 and directed to the fighters involved in the campaign against ISIS, addressing the issue of their conduct in war. The fatwā is an example of humanitarian considerations in warfare framed in the terms … Continue reading ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Guiding Conduct of Pro-Government Militias in Iraq