Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson overruling Roe v. Wade, the precedent that had recognized a constitutional right to abortion, American Muslims have voiced a diverse array of opinions, some viewing the recent decision as an infringement of their religious freedoms as Muslims.  … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "An Unlikely Champion of Women’s Rights under Muslim Personal Law: Mawdudi on Anglo-Muhammadan Law," Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal, Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema analyzes Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi's book Huquq al-Zawjayn written during British Raj, which has generated debates in the post-colonial legal landscape of Pakistan on issues related to women's rights in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In the News: Egypt Proposes Bill to Address Financial Questions of Climbing Divorce Rate

Islamic law has official jurisdiction of operation in Egypt, where personal status laws regulate matters such as marriage, divorce, and child custody. Like many such countries, Egypt is trying to reform its divorce law. One of its approaches has been to address the financial ramifications of divorce; Egyptian authorities took steps last month to address the country’s climbing divorce rate. … Continue reading In the News: Egypt Proposes Bill to Address Financial Questions of Climbing Divorce Rate

WLC v. President of the Republic & Others (South Africa)

By Hannah Hess Facts: Apartheid-era South African courts historically denied recognition to marriages conducted according to Islamic rites, since such unions were perceived as contrary to accepted social customs. Until today, Muslim marriages remain unrecognized under the Marriage Act 25 of 1961, the Divorce Act 70 of 1979, or the Customary Marriage Act 120 of … Continue reading WLC v. President of the Republic & Others (South Africa)