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

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Supreme Court of India recently declined to stay several controversial, so-called "anti-love jihād" laws passed by some states that are designed to prevent "forcible conversions" through marriage. Three member organizations of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) objected to the Charter of Principles of Islam that reaffirms the compatibility of Islam with the … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Leor Halevi's Modern Things on Trial: Islam's Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida 1865-1935, Columbia University Press 2019, wins the J. Willard Hurst Book Prize. In "Ideology, Communication, and Response to Terrorism: A Sharia-based Perspective," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal (originally published in the International Journal of Academic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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The Ministry of Justice in the United Arab Emirates launches an online platform for Muslim marriages. Morocco’s Supreme Scientific Council issues fatwa allowing the burial of COVID-19 victims without bathing their bodies, as a health precaution for morgue workers. Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, ban popular Ramadan bazaars and public festivities. Pakistan's southern Sindh province bans … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 7 :: Conclusions and further observations

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones A number of recent academic studies dealing with the marriage and divorce practices of British Muslims have picked up on a number of themes that are hinted at by the speakers quoted throughout this blog: unregistered marriages, Islamic divorces, and shari‘ah councils, to name a few. However, despite their rigour, … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 7 :: Conclusions and further observations

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 6 :: Bana Gora

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones Introduction Bana Gora is Chief Executive Officer of the Muslim Women’s Council, an organization established in 2009 to represent the views of Muslim women across the UK. Her expertise is in matters of social policy and engagement with marginalized communities in particular, and at present she is involved in the … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 6 :: Bana Gora

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 5 :: Ajmal Masroor

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones Introduction Ajmal Masroor is one of Britain’s most high-profile imāms. He leads prayers in four London mosques, and has been a high-profile spokesperson and broadcaster for British Muslims. He has been a well-known proponent of reformist Islamic thought, including on issues of family values and laws, and has headed the … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 5 :: Ajmal Masroor

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 4 :: Amra Bone

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones Introduction Sometimes described as “the UK’s first female shari‘ah judge,” Amra Bone sits on the panel of the Shari‘ah Council of Birmingham Central Mosque, one of the UK’s largest and best-known shari‘ah councils, which handles a large body of Muslim divorce litigation in particular. She has also worked as a … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 4 :: Amra Bone

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 3 :: Musharraf Husain

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones Introduction Musharraf Husain is an ‘alim and imām based in Nottingham, and one of the leading Muslim community representatives of the Midlands. Trained at Al-Azhar in Cairo, he is a scholar of the Qur’ān and Islamic sciences, and is a public community spokesperson and educator; he is also the chief … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 3 :: Musharraf Husain

Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 2 :: Aina Khan

By Shaheen Ali and Justin Jones Introduction Aina Khan is a London-based solicitor with expertise in international and Islamic family law, who runs her own legal practice in London. With three decades of professional experience in Muslim family and matrimonial law, she has worked both in matters of British civil law and private international law. She … Continue reading Muslim marriage and divorce practices in contemporary Britain :: Part 2 :: Aina Khan