The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban's subsequent takeover of the country has brought, once again, Islam and Islamic law to the fore in recent news coverage, reports, and analyses. This renewed attention to Islamic law is in part due to the fact that the Taliban identifies itself as a Muslim military organization … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law
Suzanne Schneider, deputy director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, commented that the Islamic State and the US far-right, including groups such as QAnon, share the same roots - failed governance. Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban, urged the new Afghan government to uphold sharī'a. Islamic scholars have warned that comparing Texas' … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
Ahmadullah, a prominent Muslim cleric from Bangladesh, issued a fatwā stating that using the laughing emoji to mock people is forbidden under Islamic law. Muslim women in Kenya have lobbied the government to ensure that a woman is appointed to the top Kadhi court adjudicating Islamic law matters. A new Pew Research study found that … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup
In "Bangladesh: Religious Intolerance in Bangladesh" (Religious Intolerance in South Asia, ed. Farahnaz Ispahani (forthcoming 2021)), using a unique and nationally representative dataset from 2017, C. Christine Fair and Parina Patel (Georgetown University) discuss their findings regarding support for sharī'a among Bangladeshi voters in addition to levels of communal and sectarian intolerance.
By Ayman Shabana In the Islamic juristic tradition, the relationship between sharīʿa and custom raised important methodological questions, ranging from: the nature and number of sources, formulation of rulings, guidelines for the understanding and interpretation of the scriptural texts, and implementation and application of legal rules particularly in novel cases requiring independent reasoning. In general, … Continue reading Sharīʿa, Custom, and Modern Legal Reform
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
By Rudolph Peters On May 16 jihadist insurgents of the Ansar al-Din group, who are occupying parts of Northern Mali and thought to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, had stoned to death a couple for having had extra-conjugal sexual relations (zinā) and produced children. The condemned were buried in the sand to their … Continue reading Motivations for Fossilized Sharīʿa
By Helena Swanson-Nystrom Summary Egypt’s 2012 Constitution included the principles of Islamic law as the “principal source” of national legislation. This clause had been in the country’s constitution since 1980, and the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) had assumed primary authority to articulate the application of sharīʿa in Egypt’s legal system. However, the 2012 Constitutional Assembly … Continue reading Review :: Gianluca Parolin on Al-Azhar and Egypt’s 2012 Constitution