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

Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law) takes a pragmatic approach that helps explain why Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi’s 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws has raised so much controversy: "While the new law, if implemented, may not make a substantial tangible difference in people’s lives – especially given the ease with … Continue reading Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Financial Ethics

Mohammad Fadel, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, wrote a chapter in Islam and Applied Ethics (Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, 2017) exploring the ethical principles that inform Islamic law in connection with finance: “Ethics and Finance: An Islamic Perspective in the Light of the Purposes of Islamic Sharia” The chapter was originally … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Financial Ethics

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Many of SHARIAsource’s Senior Scholars were recognized in Brill’s Islamic Law and Society journal as writers of the top 15 articles written in the 25 years of ILS. In celebration of ILS’ 25th anniversary, public access to all 15 articles has been made free through March 31st. (Volume 1:1, 1994): From Fatwās To Furü: Growth and … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Islamic Law in “Plain English”

As a reminder, the SHARIAsource Portal contains helpful resources that explain various aspects of Islamic law in "plain English," including: Lexicon Ijtihād: the direct interpretation of scripture Ḥadīth: Prophetic traditions Scholarship Reviews Mohammad Fadel on the Function of the "Interest Ban" in Islamic Finance Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Self-Government

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel has written an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Islamic Ethics (available open-access here), discussing how states can incorporate sharīʿa into their legislative systems in a way consistent with our modern-day ideals of democracy and peace: “Political Legitimacy, Democracy and Islamic Law: The Place of Self‐Government … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Self-Government

In the News: Islamic Burial Traditions

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel recently wrote an article in the Middle East Eye reflecting on current events in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and the historical significance of violating someone’s right to a proper burial. “In Islamic law,” Fadel explains, “burying the dead is a collective obligation—an obligation that falls on the entire community of … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Burial Traditions

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Human Rights

The Atlantic Council think tank recently published a report called The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse—"a collection of thought provoking articles that aim to elevate the conversation on Islam and human rights beyond the confines of 'compatibility.'" One of the articles was written by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel: "Life, Liberty, and the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Human Rights

In the News: Islamic Banks and FinTech

Last month, a representative of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology—a public-private taskforce overseen by the prime minister to examine ways of using new technology to promote business opportunities—suggested that Islamic banks could reduce legal and administrative costs by using "blockchain." Blockchain is a type of electronic ledger, and according to the representative, blockchain … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Banks and FinTech

SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: Sept 10th

Last week, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel was a panelist at an Atlantic Center event on “Rethinking Human Rights and Islam.” In addition, SHARIAsource Egypt and Malaysia Editor Tamir Moustafa has written a new book—Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State—which can be downloaded here from Cambridge University Press.