Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Religious Freedom in the Global South (MDPI Books, 2021), edited by Waheeda Amien (University of Cape Town), brings together articles written by various scholars that investigate "religious freedom in the Global South including the impact of religious freedom on majority and minority religious communities, the relationship between religious freedom and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Navigating Colonial Law in a 'Sea of Islands'" (Law & Social Inquiry Online (December 3, 2021)), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia) reviews Nurfadzilah Yahaya's Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Laws and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020). In "Rumi without Islam: the cultural appropriation of Rumi" (Bayt Al … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Vice President Maruf Amin of Indonesia confirmed President Joko Widodo’s view that COVID-19 vaccines should receive a ḥalāl certification to render their use permissible under Islamic law. Harvard University's Center for African Studies will host an online lecture on November 12, 2020, titled "Legal Regulation of Faith: The Limits of Religious Freedom and the Challenge … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari

By Iman Abdulkadir Mohamed The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari,[1] a case of first impression, held that a Muslim marriage contract is enforceable under neutral principles of contract law without violating the Constitution's separation of Church and States. In Ravasizadeh, the parties married on June 20, 2000 in New York. According to … Continue reading The Massachusetts Court of Appeals in Ravasizadeh v. Niakosari

Molla Sali v. Greece European Court of Human Rights Case Brief

By Marzieh Tofighi Darian Facts: The applicant, Mrs. Chatitze Molla Sali was named as the sole beneficiary in a notarized public will drawn by her Muslim husband in 2003 in accordance with the rules of the Greek Civil Code. Despite the initial approval of the will by the Court of First Instance, the deceased’s two … Continue reading Molla Sali v. Greece European Court of Human Rights Case Brief

Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (D. Md. 2017): Muslim Ban 2.0 Case

By Katherine Gonzalez On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump, issued a second Executive Order which barred, with certain exceptions, entry to the United States of nationals from predominantly Muslim countries. This order barred nationals from six Muslim-majority countries (the original seven except for Iraq), suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days, and … Continue reading Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (D. Md. 2017): Muslim Ban 2.0 Case