Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS The Islamic Finance Market 2022 report has recently been published and predicts substantial growth in the Islamic financial market by 2030. The global takaful market, a type of Islamic insurance, has been estimated to grow from $24.85 billion to $97.17 in 2030. The Westbury Arts Museum (New York) has partnered … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In The Palestinian Constitutional Court : an assessment of its independence under the emergency regime (Cambridge University Press, 2022), Osayd Awawda (Hebron University) "assesses the legal and practical independence of the Palestinian Constitutional Court since the coup in July 2007 that brought the Fatah regime to power in the West … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In Divine Covenant: Science and Concepts of Natural Law in the Qur’an and Islamic Disciplines (Equinox Publishing, 2022), Ulrika Mårtensson (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology) "explores the Qurʾānic concept of divine knowledge through scientific, theoretical paradigms – in particular natural law theory – and their relationship with seven … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

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

Leading scholars of Islamic law, including Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb, were invited by the University of Bergen for a roundtable on "the use and usefulness of the concepts of canonization and codification in Islamic legal studies." The panels on canonization and codification, respectively, were held online and can be accessed here. "Sharia Law in the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In her book review for Reading Religion (November 19, 2020) of Tamir Moustafa’s (Simon Fraser University) Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore) argues that the book showcases how Islamic law is utilized by the country’s political elites “in the service of Malay … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Classical and Contemporary Scholarly Understandings of Verses 97 to 100 of An-Nisāʾ

By Hamzah Raza Verses 97 to 100 of Surah an-Nisāʾ, the fourth chapter of the Qur'ān, refer to one of the most consequential events in Islamic history. The hijrah was an event in which Muslims emigrating from Mecca to Medina, marking the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Verse 97 begins with an interrogative statement: “The … Continue reading Classical and Contemporary Scholarly Understandings of Verses 97 to 100 of An-Nisāʾ

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”: Joseph Lowry on the Prophet as Lawgiver and Legal Authority

By Cem Tecimer Abstract: Joseph Lowry elaborates on the prophetic authority of Muhammad as a lawgiver. While the Qur’ān remains the undisputed ultimate source for Muslims, Lowry draws attention to the Prophet’s exemplary behavior and especially his sayings, which have gained significant prominence in legal argumentation in Islam. As a consequence, the formal study of … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on the Prophet as Lawgiver and Legal Authority