Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Supreme Court of Pakistan recently held that a woman's right to be "maintained," that is, to be provided by her husband with resources adequate for her to maintain her standards of living, is absolute under Islamic law, as long as the wife remains "faithful and discharges hew own matrimonial … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Legal Canons—In the Classroom and in the Courtroom or, Comparative Perspective on the Origins of Islamic Legal Canons, 1265–1519" (Villanova Law Review 66, no. 5 (2022)), Intisar Rabb (Editor-in-Chief; Harvard University) traces the origins of Islamic law canons, with a focus on how those canons were utilized in Islamic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS A new book titled Female Religious Authority in Shi’i Islam, which brings together contributions that "reflect[] on the roles that women have played in exercising religious authority across time and space" in Shī'ī Islam, has recently been published.  The UAE issued its first civil law marriage certificate to a non-Muslim … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree that expanded the jurisdiction of Syria's Council of Islamic Jurisprudence. According to a recently-issued decree, civil marriage by non-Muslims have now been allowed in Abu Dhabi. Financial experts have urged Muslim countries to "develop common regulatory, financial, and religious frameworks to capitalize on … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

In their first news conference following the capture of Kabul (Afghanistan), the Taliban vowed to respect women's rights "within the framework of Islamic law."  Islamic law is a multifaceted concept, subject to many and varied interpretations.  The Islamic Law Blog and SHARIAsource collectively provide content and context relating to Islamic law.  For a concise introduction … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

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

Can one found a church on the open sea under an Islamic government?

By Ohannes Kilicdagi Description of the source: This document is a communication between the office of the Grand Wazīr and Shaykh al-Islām in 1847. It requests permission by the chief commander of the navy from the religious authorities. Content: The chief commander of the navy proposed to allocate a dedicated space for Christian mariners and … Continue reading Can one found a church on the open sea under an Islamic government?

Let us find an easy solution but compatible with sharī’a

By Ohannes Kilicdagi The marginal note mentioned in my previous note is a note written by a bureaucrat, most probably by the Grand Wazīr, to the sultan to inform him that some prominent members of ulema gathered under the chairmanship of the Shaykh al-Islām to discuss the issue of how the changes in the collection … Continue reading Let us find an easy solution but compatible with sharī’a

The Transformation in the Collection of Jizya in the Tanzimat Period: From individual to Community

By Ohannes Kilicdagi As it has been established, the 19th century was the era of reform for the Ottoman Empire. Although military reforms started earlier, the 1839 Tanzimat Edict had been generally accepted as a watershed in the history of these reforms, as it reflects the will of the state to make important changes in … Continue reading The Transformation in the Collection of Jizya in the Tanzimat Period: From individual to Community