Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Suzanne Schneider, deputy director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, commented that the Islamic State and the US far-right, including groups such as QAnon, share the same roots - failed governance. Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban, urged the new Afghan government to uphold sharī'a. Islamic scholars have warned that comparing Texas' … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

The Program in Islamic Law and the Library of Congress have announced a historic collaborative project whereby the official gazettes of Muslim countries will be identified and analyzed from a copyright perspective.  Editor-in-Chief Professor Intisar Rabb commented that "these sources — combined with careful research and data science tools — will make for unparalleled research … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Amid increasing vaccine mandates implemented by employers in the United States, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cautioned employers that "[u]nless it would be an undue hardship on the employer's operation of its business, an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or practices," including, according to the Commission, "organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

Recently released findings of the US Mosque Survey 2020 revealed that the number of mosques in the United States experienced a steady increase over the years, increasing from 2,106 in 2010 to 2,769 in 2020. Survey findings of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) of France indicated that Anti-Muslim acts and anti-Islamic bias … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Can Islamic Law Principles Regarding Settlement of Criminal Disputes Solve the Problem of the US Mass Incarceration?" (SSRN,  June 23, 2021),  Amin R. Yacoub (University of Virginia School of Law) and Becky Briggs (University of San Diego) discuss the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the United States and how Islamic law principles of criminal … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

National Geographic reported that Muslim clerics in the United States were leading vaccination efforts in their respective communities. Some local schools in France have cancelled their "substitute meal" programs that accommodated the dietary restrictions of their Muslim students, prompting a debate about Islam's place in France's educational system. The Miramichi Islamic Centre in Canada hosted … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "From conquest to co-existence: Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī's (d. 593/1197) re-interpretation of jihād" (Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 32 no. 2), Youcef L. Soufi (University of Toronto) takes issue with the mainstream view in scholarship that second/eight century Muslim jurists' conception of jihād was uniformly in support of continuous imperial conquest. In "Islam from the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The United States appointed its first Muslim American federal judge, Zahid Quraishi. Germany opened its first "Islamic training college" to help reduce the number of foreign-trained imāms. Austria's Integration Minister recently defended the government's "Muslim map" that includes the locations of and detailed information about 620 mosques and Muslim associations throughout the country, a move … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In her book review for Reading Religion (November 19, 2020) of Tamir Moustafa’s (Simon Fraser University) Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore) argues that the book showcases how Islamic law is utilized by the country’s political elites “in the service of Malay … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

New debates about Islam in Europe

Talib Shareef, Yaya J. Fanusie, and Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, three African American Muslims with experience in a diverse array of American institutions, including the US Air Force, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security, respectively, recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy.  There, the authors cite and evaluate the existing narratives in circulation on Islam … Continue reading New debates about Islam in Europe