ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Scholars of Islamic law have continued to debate the question of whether the use of cryptocurrencies is permissible under Islamic law. For more content and context on Islamic debates over the permissibility of using cryptocurrencies, consult the contributions by our Research Editor Raha Rafii here and here. Some Muslim rights … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Saudi Arabia has approved new personal status laws that aim to enhance the legal status of women and children by enhancing alimony rights of women for childcare, among other things. The Saudi Crown Prince stated that the new laws are "comprehensive in addressing all the problems that the family and … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Department of Justice announced that Stafford County, Virginia recently repealed an ordinance that prevented the development of a cemetery for people of the Islamic faith. Stacker has compiled a list of abortion laws in 15 countries, including Saudi Arabia, where scholars comment it is easier to obtain an abortion … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Al Sudais, the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia, appointed two women, Dr. Fatima Al Rushood and Dr. Al Anoud Al Aboud, as his assistants, marking a first in the history of the administration of the Muslim holy sites. The Council of Islamic Ideology (Pakistan) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Hundreds of Umrah agents, responsible for organizing the visa applications and travel arrangements of pilgrims headed to Mecca, have sued the Saudi government for the fines levied on them for breaking COVID-19 rules, after a court in Mecca cancelled a multi-million riyal fine issued against an agent.
Pilgrims began arriving in Mecca for the Hajj - the second one to be performed under pandemic restrictions. Thousands of face-masked pilgrims in Mecca prayed for a pandemic-free world. Saudi Arabia has severely limited the number of pilgrims who can perform the Hajj, to 60,000 residents in total this year, compared to 2.5 million in … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
Covid-19 has delayed hope of pilgrimage to Mecca for millions of Muslims for a second year. In a recent sermon, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, called for a science-led approach to Christianity and Islam in combatting the coronavirus.
Commenting on their use of applications to track those entering and exiting Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities in Islam, the spokesperson for the presidency responsible for managing the holy sites, Hani Haider (Saudi Arabia), stated that they have developed the Eatmarna and the Tawakkalna apps to monitor the movement of visitors. The General … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup
In "Pirates and Pilgrims: The Plunder of the Ganj-i Sawai, the Hajj, and a Mughal Captain’s Perspective" (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 64, no. 1-2 (2021)), Tyler Joseph Kynn (University of Memphis), using literature on "[t]he pirate attack by Henry Every in 1695 on a Mughal ship" carrying travelers from … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup