Commentary :: Gharar: The Origins of the Prohibition

By Katarzyna Sidło Gharar is arguably one of the least understood concepts in Islamic finance. In linguistic terms, it means jeopardy, risk, danger, or hazard, and is a verbal noun (maṣdar) from the word taghr, which in turn means exposing oneself or one’s property to danger. It may refer to ignorance, injustice, or deceit. As … Continue reading Commentary :: Gharar: The Origins of the Prohibition

Roundtable :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Katarzyna Sidło (Center for Social and Economic Research) organized a PIL Forum Roundtable on the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend inheritance laws. She introduces the Roundtable by noting that, under the country’s current Personal Status Code – passed in 1956 – Tunisian citizens may not “allocate their inheritance freely and must … Continue reading Roundtable :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Katarzyna Sidło's (CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research) analysis of the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws examines the issue with an economic lens. The common argument defending the traditional rules and upholding this type of legal gender discrimination in Tunisia is an interpretation of a Qurʾānic … Continue reading Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Recent Scholarship: Sidło on Apostasy

SHARIAsource Editor Katarzyna Sidło’s article in the Marburg Journal of Religion discusses a 2013 study of Jordanians who had converted out of Islam. In Sidło words, “Due to the religious and cultural taboo surrounding apostasy, those who left Islam are notoriously difficult to access in a systematic way and constitute what is known in social … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Sidło on Apostasy