SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Wael Hallaq has written a new book: Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge. The book “reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism,” and “exposes the depth of academia’s lethal complicity in modern forms of capitalism, colonialism, and hegemonic power.” In addition, Senior Scholar Noah Feldman published an op-ed in Bloomberg News … Continue reading SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd

SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 2nd

The Toronto Star turned to SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl in its article on the creation of Saudi Wahhabism. SHARIAsource U.S. Editor Abed Awad discussed the history of Ramadan in the United States this past month. The National Review referred to SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Noah Feldman's commentary on applying the First Amendment to … Continue reading SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 2nd

Islamic Law in SCOTUS

Senior Scholar Noah Feldman commented yesterday in Bloomberg News on the U.S. Supreme Court “travel ban” case, Trump v. Hawaii, calling the Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Executive Order restricting immigration to the U.S. of citizens from seven countries—most of which are predominantly Muslim—"a decision that will live in infamy." He had previously suggested … Continue reading Islamic Law in SCOTUS

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Law, Islam, and the Future of the Middle East

By Cem Tecimer Source: Noah Feldman, Law, Islam, and the Future of the Middle East 84 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 617-635 (2006-2007) Summary: In his invited lecture at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law (The Mcelroy Lecture), Noah Feldman engages the idea of separation of powers in Islamic law and its contemporaneous manifestations. … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Law, Islam, and the Future of the Middle East

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutions and Established Religion

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Noah Feldman, Imposed Constitutions and Established Religion 4(3) The Rev. Faith & Int’l Aff. 3-12 (2006) [Abridged version of Imposed Constitutionalism 37 Conn. L. Rev. 857-889 (2005)] Summary: In this article, Feldman engages with the notion of separation of powers in Islam. Feldman argues that, while not a religious necessity as … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutions and Established Religion

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Islamic Constitutionalism in Context: A Typology and a Warning

By Cem Tecimer Source: Noah Feldman, Islamic Constitutionalism in Context: A Typology and a Warning 7 U. St. Thomas L. J. 436-451 (2010) Summary: Feldman begins his article by explaining what has prompted him to write the article in the first place: a symposium, in which he participated, entitled “Islamic Law and Constitutional Liberty.” Closely … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Islamic Constitutionalism in Context: A Typology and a Warning

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutionalism

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Noah Feldman, Imposed Constitutionalism 37 Conn. L. Rev. 857-889 (2005) Summary: Written in response to his involvement in Iraq’s restructuring [though carefully mentioning that he had no direct involvement in the writing of the Iraqi constitutional draft, but was an adviser in the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) process, see p. 858] … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Imposed Constitutionalism

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on The Democratic Fatwa

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Noah Feldman, The Democratic Fatwa: Islam and Democracy in the Realm of Constitutional Politics 58(1) Okla. L. Rev. 1-9 (2005) Summary: ‘Ali Sistani, who was born in Iran but spent most of his life in neighboring Iraq, became a central figure after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. This was, in part, … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on The Democratic Fatwa

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Constitutional Politics and Text in the New Iraq

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Cem Tecimer, Review of Noah Feldman, Constitutional Politics and Text in the New Iraq: An Experiment in Islamic Democracy [75(2) L. Rev. 883-920 (2006) (with Roman Martinez)], Islamic Law Blog (Apr. 2017) Narrative Summary Written in 2006, this article seeks to explain the role Islamic law plays in the then-emerging Iraqi … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on Constitutional Politics and Text in the New Iraq

Excerpt: Naming a Baby Is Hard Enough Without the State Involved

Senior scholar Noah Feldman comments on First Amendment issues underlying the state of Georgia's refusal to allow a couple to give their child the last name Allah. Excerpted from the original piece on Bloomberg View. "The state of Georgia is refusing to allow a couple to give their baby the last name Allah -- not because it’s … Continue reading Excerpt: Naming a Baby Is Hard Enough Without the State Involved