Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS "Emilia Justyna Powell, a Notre Dame professor of political science and concurrent professor at The Law School, has won two International Studies Association (ISA) awards for her 2020 book, Islamic Law and International Law: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes." "The Supreme Court [of India ...] continued hearing the batch of petitions challenging the Karnataka High … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

An Excerpt from Text and Interpretation on Mutʿa Marriage

By Hossein Modarressi Edited and summarized by Rami Koujah This post is part of a series of posts on the latest publication in our Harvard Series in Islamic Law, Hossein Modarressi’s Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law. This series of posts take a deeper dive into the book, which … Continue reading An Excerpt from Text and Interpretation on Mutʿa Marriage

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Judicial Crisis in Damascus on the Eve of Baybars’s Reform: The Case of the Minor Orphan Girl (651–55/1253–57)" (Islamic Law and Society (March 23, 2022)), Mariam Sheibani (The University of Toronto Scarborough) "reconstructs a late-Ayyubid court case in Damascus that was litigated repeatedly between 651/1253 and 655/1257, five years … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Sultan" (Bloomsbury 2021), Yuval Ben-Bassat (University of Haifa) discusses the institution of petitioning the Ottoman sultan, specifically Abdulhamid II, as a legal remedy in Ottoman Palestine. Abhishek Gupta (Indian Law Institute) discusses Indian Muslims' demand for interest-free Islamic banking in … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship 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

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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The Western Sydney community leaders in Australia, including Sydney sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman, have attempted to dispel unscientific notions about the coronavirus vaccine by posting videos of themselves getting vaccinated. Kent (UK) Muslims came together for the first time since COVID restrictions at an Islamic convention. A team of volunteers in Jakarta (Indonesia) are helping the … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Protecting Antiquities through Islamic Law

By Marta Wojtowicz Description:  In May 2003, the most widely followed Shīʿī religious authority in Iraq, ʾAlī al-Sīstānī, issued a fatwā regarding the protection of Iraqi antiquities, in the wake of the US military invasion and the widespread looting of archeological sites and museums in Iraq.  The intervention is an example of a reasoning based on … Continue reading ʾAlī al-Sīstānī: Protecting Antiquities through Islamic Law

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”: Noah Feldman on The Democratic Fatwa

By Cem Tecimer Citation: Noah Feldman, The Democratic Fatwa: Islam and Democracy in the Realm of Constitutional Politics 58(1) Okla. L. Rev. 1-9 (2005) Summary: ‘Ali Sistani, who was born in Iran but spent most of his life in neighboring Iraq, became a central figure after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. This was, in part, … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Noah Feldman on The Democratic Fatwa

Wilāyat al-Faqīh and Collecting the Fifth: A Theory of Khums

By Mohammad Sagha The issue this paper seeks to address is how Ayatollāh Sayyīd Rūhullāh Khumaynī (d. 1386 sh./1989) conceptualized the collection of khums under the theory of the “Guardianship of the Jurisprudent” (wilāyat al-faqīh). The theory asserts the spiritual and practical authority of the Shīʿī jurist to govern in the absence of the twelfth … Continue reading Wilāyat al-Faqīh and Collecting the Fifth: A Theory of Khums