A “Jabri” madhhab of the early modern Sudan?

By Kristina L. Richardson Given the centuries of exposure to northern African Islamic thought like Khārijism, Ibāḍism, and Mālikism, could sub-Saharan Muslims have established an indigenous, perhaps syncretic, Islamic legal school? 17th-century Ottoman explorer Evliya Çelebi claimed as much, though we may have to take his descriptions with a grain of salt. Between August 1672 … Continue reading A “Jabri” madhhab of the early modern Sudan?

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Criticism of French President Macron, who recently described Islam as “a religion in crisis” and vowed to pass legislation in the coming weeks to allow for greater government control over mosques and their clerics, continued, as some legal scholars have contended that his statements violated both the French Constitution and international law. Others have noted … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refuses to close mosques during Ramadan, despite pleas from doctors and a rising number of infections. In Sudan, hundreds of people perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in mosques and public squares, violating orders that prohibit gatherings and group prayers. Iran allows communal prayers at a select number of mosques and cancels … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup