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

Dune: Sharī’a on Arrakis

End of the year plans? Why not add Dune to the list? Students everywhere are planning study breaks from preparation from impending finals. And almost everyone will get some downtime as the end of the year approaches. What better to do than to make a plan for DUNE-watching, to explore what we’re calling the Islamic … Continue reading Dune: Sharī’a on Arrakis

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Why we need to reform sharia—now" (Prospect, November 1, 2021), Mustafa Akyol (Cato Institute) argues that the Taliban's return to power "calls for an honest discussion about how to divorce Islamic law from coercive power." In Oceanic Islam: Muslim Universalism and European Imperialism (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020), Sugata Bose (Harvard … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS After retiring from the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon launched a successful career in real estate, all the while avoiding borrowing money for his acquisitions that would result in paying or charging interest, which contradicts his faith. Al Barakeh Wheat - a project founded by two Jordanians - teaches people how to … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Following the Taliban's rise to power, many law students and lawyers from Afghanistan have reported that "[i]t is not the application of Islamic criminal law that frightens [them], it is that it is applied without due process." Haroun Rahimi, a self-exiled Afghan who was a professor of law at Kabul … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Afghanistan News Roundup: Islamic Law and the Taliban

Legal historians and pundits traced the origins of the Taliban to Deobandism, an Islamic movement led by a Sunnī scholar from India, that was based on reactionary reflexes against British colonialism. During their first news conference following their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban declared that women would continue to enjoy their rights and freedoms under … Continue reading Afghanistan News Roundup: Islamic Law and the Taliban

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 "Recasting Islamic Law: Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making" (Cornell University Press, forthcoming), Rachel M. Scott (Virginia Tech) examines how Islamic law is reshaped into state law in Egypt's constitutional legal system, with a particular focus on post-2011 developments.

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Earlier this year, a Texas judge ordered that a woman seeking a divorce forgo Texas courts but instead submit to the jurisdiction of a sharī'a panel in Saudi Arabia, pursuant to the prenuptial agreement the woman had executed when entering her marriage. Ethos Invest has recently launched an ethical, sharī'a-compliant fund. A Moroccan woman was … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "The Application of Maqasid Al-Shari’ah in the Foreign Policy of Islamic States" (International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 2021), Usman Safiyanu Duguri and others discuss the relevance of the objectives of Islamic law (maqāsid al-sharī'a) to how Muslim-majority nations formulate their foreign policies, with an added observation that maqāsid al-sharī'a … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup