From Anonymous Dicta to the Prophet’s Sunna

By Mathieu Tillier This is part three in a series of four posts on the historical formation of the Sunna, with a focus on methodological reflections on the emergence of Prophetic authority. The history of Islamic law and that of ḥadīth are closely connected. As I recalled in my previous posts, prophetic authority as expressed … Continue reading From Anonymous Dicta to the Prophet’s Sunna

Imploring God and the “Living Tradition”: A Relative Chronology of Epigraphic and Traditional Invocations

By Mathieu Tillier This is part two in a series of four posts on the historical formation of the Sunna, with a focus on methodological reflections on the emergence of Prophetic authority. Stating that the sunna of the Prophet represents a major source of classical Islamic law may appear as self-evident. Many legal rulings are … Continue reading Imploring God and the “Living Tradition”: A Relative Chronology of Epigraphic and Traditional Invocations

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS In an opinion piece for Insider, Hafsa Lodi made the case for "Islamic feminism," stating that Islam "profoundly improved the status and legal rights of women in 7th Century Arabia, and the Prophet Muhammad was Islam's 'first feminist.'" Sana Khan, a former Indian actress, explained to journalists her recent efforts … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister responsible for religious affairs stated that a group of Malaysian imāms who are refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine will undergo a counseling session that will explain the importance of vaccination. The Iraqi government announced that it will allow up to 40,000 foreigners to participate in the Shī'ī pilgrimage to Karbala … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

On April 12, Pakistani forces arrested Saad Rizvi, the head of the recently outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), who called for civil disobedience unless the French ambassador is expelled - a reaction against what he considered blasphemous depictions of the Prophet in French media outlets. An Egyptian Ramadan TV series, Al Tawoos (literally, peacock), is investigated … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Fatwās on Khul‘

By Mubasher Hussain Background: “Munshi Buzul-ul-Raheem case ruled upon in 19[??], in which the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the highest court then) decided that the khul‘-divorce was not available without the consent of the husband under Islamic law. However, in the Balqis Fatima v. Najm-ul-Ikram Qureshi case, the Lahore High Court ruled for … Continue reading Fatwās on Khul‘