COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announces that the Kingdom will impose strict limits on this year’s Hajj in order to protect the health and safety of pilgrims. Several top jurists and organizations globally back the Saudi decision to hold ‘limited’ Hajj this year due to COVID-19. The Research Group on Family and Succession … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

In the News: Molla Sali v. Greece

This Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held that Greece owed a Greek woman by the name of Molla Sali 51,000 euros ($57,000) in damages plus expenses “for siding with her late husband’s two sisters and for applying ‘Sharia law to a section of its citizens against their wishes.’” This judgment follows a 2018 decision by the same court in Molla … Continue reading In the News: Molla Sali v. Greece

Islam and Data Science Roundup

Facebook selected Junaid Qadir, Professor at the Information Technology University of Punjab and Amana Raquib, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi as winners of Facebook’s Ethics in AI Research Initiative for the Asia Pacific. This initiative aims to foster groundbreaking academic research in the field of AI ethics. Qadir, the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project stated “‘In … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Muslim Scholars Issue Guidance on Eid Prayers During Lockdown

Muslim scholars and religious leaders around the world are sharing guidelines for participating in Eid al-Fitr prayers under lockdown. A recent news article by Islam 21C offers a summary of the fatwā recently joint-issued by international scholars. The community of scholars provide alternatives for Muslims who are excused from performing Eid prayer in congregation, in … Continue reading Muslim Scholars Issue Guidance on Eid Prayers During Lockdown

In the News: The Challenge of Navigating Sharīʿa Financing for Education

Testimonies from Muslim students studying in the United Kingdom note the challenge of navigating sharīʿa financing with banks that are not sharīʿa-compliant. Metro UK reporter Faima Bakar writes, “the limitations put on borrowing can stop students from pursuing university altogether. Those who still choose to study via halal means, such as borrowing money from their … Continue reading In the News: The Challenge of Navigating Sharīʿa Financing for Education

In the News: China Cracks Down on the Hui Minority

News coverage on crackdowns in China have predominantly covered the plight of the Uighurs. However, efforts to strip the members of the Hui minority in China of their religious heritage are underway. The Hui, who number 10 million, hoped that the state crackdown would not arrive in the Gansu province, as it had in Xinjiang.  … Continue reading In the News: China Cracks Down on the Hui Minority

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "The Mecelle, Sharia, and the Ottoman State: Fashioning and Refashioning of Islamic Law in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey, Samy Ayoub explores how the creation of the Mecelle, the first Islamic Civil Law code, in 1876 was justified by its drafters. The author contextualizes her research … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition, a collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University, is working to digitize a dynamic body of literature, theology, astronomy, legal sources, and other materials spanning a millennium. In "Borrowings, Influences, and Comparability: The Case of Islamic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In the News: Egypt Proposes Bill to Address Financial Questions of Climbing Divorce Rate

Islamic law has official jurisdiction of operation in Egypt, where personal status laws regulate matters such as marriage, divorce, and child custody. Like many such countries, Egypt is trying to reform its divorce law. One of its approaches has been to address the financial ramifications of divorce; Egyptian authorities took steps last month to address the country’s climbing divorce rate. … Continue reading In the News: Egypt Proposes Bill to Address Financial Questions of Climbing Divorce Rate