16 Reasons Why: Forgery and the Household of the Prophet

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 examines the main characteristics of the … Continue reading 16 Reasons Why: Forgery and the Household of the Prophet

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022) by Ahmed Rashid investigates the origins and development of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. For more content and context on the recent developments in Afghanistan, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb's "Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Ethical Perfectionism in Fiqh: The Example of Moral Exemplars

By Junaid Quadri* How precisely to understand the ethical material found within works of fiqh has been a recurrent question of Western scholarship on Islamic law since its earliest period. If, in the first phase of this interest, scholars tended to find in fiqh a curious (and perhaps, objectionable) amalgam of law, religion and ethics, … Continue reading Ethical Perfectionism in Fiqh: The Example of Moral Exemplars

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Innovation, Influence, and Borrowing in Mamluk-Era Legal Maxim Collections: The Case of Ibn ʿAbd al-Salām and al-Qarāfī" (Journal of the American Oriental Society 140, no. 4 (October-December 2020)), Mariam Sheibani (University of Toronto Scarborough; Lead Blog Editor) shows that the renowned Mālikī jurist al-Qarāfī's contribution to Islamic legal thought was, in part, based on … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on the Prophet as Lawgiver and Legal Authority

By Cem Tecimer Abstract: Joseph Lowry elaborates on the prophetic authority of Muhammad as a lawgiver. While the Qur’ān remains the undisputed ultimate source for Muslims, Lowry draws attention to the Prophet’s exemplary behavior and especially his sayings, which have gained significant prominence in legal argumentation in Islam. As a consequence, the formal study of … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on the Prophet as Lawgiver and Legal Authority

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Sunna: Reports of the Prophet Muhammad’s and other Leading Islamic Authorities’ Normative Example  

By Alicia Daniel Citation: Sherman A. Jackson, Kramer versus Kramer in a Tenth/Sixteenth Century Egyptian Court: Post-Formative Jurisprudence between Exigency and Law, Islamic Law and Society 8, no. 1 (2001): 27-51. *Note: All page numbers used as citations refer to the above article. Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Sunna: Reports of the Prophet Muhammad’s and other Leading Islamic Authorities’ Normative Example  

Summary of Khizr Khan’s “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law”

Before Khizr Khan graduated with an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1986, he published an article in the Houston Journal of International Law. Entitled “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law,” his piece focuses on textual authority’s place in Islamic law, and whether it contributes to the viability of Ijma and a unified school of Islamic … Continue reading Summary of Khizr Khan’s “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law”