Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Experiencing ‘nikah Captivity’ in the West: Gendered Conflicts over Ending Muslim Marriages" (Journal of Muslims in Europe, online, September 16, 2021), Anika Liversage (The Danish Center for Social Science Research), based on a series of interviews with Muslim women, finds that second-generation Muslims in Denmark are more easily able … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari

By Iman Abdulkadir Mohamed The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari,[1] a case of first impression, held that a Muslim marriage contract is enforceable under neutral principles of contract law without violating the Constitution's separation of Church and States. In Ravasizadeh, the parties married on June 20, 2000 in New York. According to … Continue reading The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari

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)