Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law In "Litigious Zeal" (Inquest, November 22, 2022), SpearIt (University of Pittsburgh) explores how Muslim prisoners in the United States "sue religiously" and argues that Muslim prisoner litigation has resulted in reforms for prisoner rights in the country. In "General Principles of Business Contracts in Islamic Law" (in Institutional Islamic Economics … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Discussions to reform Egypt's personal status and family law have been ongoing for years, with competing political factions trying to wield influence over the reform process. International arbitration systems have been developing judicial standards to resolve complex Islamic finance disputes. Some pundits have argued that Justice Alito's reference to a … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News 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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Turkish President Erdogan attended the funeral of Muhammed Emin Sarac, an Islamic scholar who provided Islamic education to pupils in Istanbul for more than six decades. Malaysian authorities announced an investigation into a video that went viral, depicting a man appearing to forcibly convert a woman out of Islam. Malaysia's top court ruled that one the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Constitutionalizing Transgender Rights in Malaysia

By Jonathan Korn This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Case Summary: In 2014, a Malaysian federal court invalidated an Islamic state law criminalizing the public behavior and appearance of transwomen (people … Continue reading Constitutionalizing Transgender Rights in Malaysia

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 23

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This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Economic Harbingers of Political Modernization: Peaceful Explosion of Rights in Ottoman Istanbul" by Asli Cansunar and Timur Kuran This paper ascribes a fundamental role to prior shifts in wealth toward non-Muslims and away from conservative groups, including Muslim clerics. These shifts, all under way in … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: August 23