Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Dr. Sohail Hanif, who became National Zakat Foundation's Chief Executive in November 2021, appeared in a podcast for islamic21c.com to speak about "the power of zakat." The Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan asked the government to end interest-based banking by 2027. Some Muslim jurists have cautioned Muslims against making their … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Thank you, Sohail Hanif!

Thank you, Sohail Hanif for joining us as guest blog editor in March. In case you missed his essays, here they are: Social Dependencies of Islamic Law: A View Through the Legal Commentary A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer When Worship Meets Taxation: Socio-Political Reflections on the Rules … Continue reading Thank you, Sohail Hanif!

When Worship Meets Taxation: Socio-Political Reflections on the Rules of Zakat

By Sohail Hanif We continue our reflection on social dimensions of Islamic law by turning our attention to the rules of Zakat,[1] the obligatory alms in Islam. Zakat is a social institution, as it represents wealth moving from the ‘rich’ to the ‘poor’. By its very nature, Zakat creates social ties and dependencies. From the … Continue reading When Worship Meets Taxation: Socio-Political Reflections on the Rules of Zakat

A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer

By Sohail Hanif Ritual prayer (ṣalāh) is a pillar of Islam. It functions as a pillar that upholds the daily routine and spiritual journey of a believer. However, the spiritual dimension of prayer is not a topic of investigation in works of Islamic law. There is, on the other hand, another overarching interest of Muslim … Continue reading A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer

Social Dependencies of Islamic Law: A View Through the Legal Commentary

By Sohail Hanif My research has centred on unpacking layers of argumentation in works of Islamic law, particularly legal commentaries. As one unpacks these layers, one comes to learn that what actually is ‘law’ is not always clear, and that it is within the arguments that one finds the principles and reasoning for the sake … Continue reading Social Dependencies of Islamic Law: A View Through the Legal Commentary

Welcome to our March Guest Blogger: Sohail Hanif

Sohail Hanif is Chief Executive of National Zakat Foundation and Associated Lecturer at Cambridge Muslim College. He previously served as BA Manager at Cambridge Muslim College. He won the 2019 BRAIS-De Gruyter prize for his DPhil dissertation entitled ‘A Theory of Early Classical Ḥanafism: Authority, Rationality and Tradition in the Hidāyah of Burhān al-Dīn ‘Alī … Continue reading Welcome to our March Guest Blogger: Sohail Hanif

Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Sharh-Literature as a Genre: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study” by Dr. Sohail Hanif

By Memduh Erdoğan This is a summary of the lecture by Dr. Sohail Hanif entitled “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Sharh-Literature as a Genre: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study,” delivered on March 31, 2021 at 12 noon (EST), 6 pm (Münster) 7 pm (Istanbul) via Zoom.  The video recording of the lecture can be … Continue reading Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres: “Form, Function, and Historical Development of Sharh-Literature as a Genre: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study” by Dr. Sohail Hanif