Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Shari'a On Intellectual Property In Arab Countries - Economic Analysis" (Mondaq, May 30, 2022), Sonakshi Pandey (Khurana & Khurana) explains that, under Islamic law, "[t]he right to trademark protection has been interpreted by analogy as a private property right based on prior usage, which is governed by Islamic property laws." … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Experiments in Tracking Canons across the Mecelle

By Intisar Rabb & Yusuf Celik The Courts & Canons (CnC) Project at SHARIAsource leverages data science tools to explore questions in Islamic law and society historically through mapping the controversies and values reflected in courts (from taʾrīkh, ṭabaqāt) and legal canons (qawāʿid fiqhiyya). This year, we convened a CnC Research Group to gather a … Continue reading Experiments in Tracking Canons across the Mecelle

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In episode 521 of the Ottoman History Podcast, entitled "Islam and Science Fiction" and hosted by Shireen Hamza (Harvard University), Jörg Matthias Determann (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar) explores the "many overlapping and competing visions of Muslim Futurism." In "Majalla: Codification of the Norms of Islamic Law" (International Journal of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship 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

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Sultan" (Bloomsbury 2021), Yuval Ben-Bassat (University of Haifa) discusses the institution of petitioning the Ottoman sultan, specifically Abdulhamid II, as a legal remedy in Ottoman Palestine. Abhishek Gupta (Indian Law Institute) discusses Indian Muslims' demand for interest-free Islamic banking in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” by Prof. Christian Mueller

By Omar Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar This is a summary of the lecture by Prof. Christian Mueller entitled “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” delivered at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom.  The video recording of the lecture can be accessed here. Professor Müller offered this month what he … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Sijills and Transformations of Qāḍī Documents in Islamic Law” by Prof. Christian Mueller

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Semantic Mapping of An Ottoman Fetva Compilation: EBUSSUUD Efendi’s Jurisprudence through a Computational Lens" (Journal of Islamic Legal Studies 32, no. 1 (2021)), Bogac Ergene (University of Vermont) and Atabey Kaygun (Istanbul Technical University) "propose[] computational methodologies that could characterize the contents of a 6,000-fetva corpus by an important Ottoman jurist, Şeyhülislam Ebussuud Efendi … Continue reading Islam and Data Science 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