Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia

On July 2, 2020, a division of Turkey's highest administrative appellate court annulled a 1934 presidential decision by Kemal Ataturk, founding president of Turkey, converting Hagia Sophia (tr. Aya Sofya) into a museum.  Days later, on July 10, 2020, Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decision based on the court ruling, restoring its status as a … Continue reading Recent Case Roundup: On the Turkish Decision on Hagia Sofia

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Anika Liversage and Jesper Petersen argue for the importance of local power structures in supporting Muslim women in terminating a nikāḥ in "Etniske minoritetskvinder og skilsmisse – med fokus på muslimske praksisser" (translated from Danish to English as "Ethnic minority women and divorce - with a focus on muslim practices"). The study was commissioned by the Danish … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Will Baghdad’s Government Decide Shi’i Islam’s Future Highest Jurist? Religion-State Entanglements and the Waqf in Iraq

One largely unnoticed development that has arisen in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003 has been the manner in which the Iraqi state and the Shi’i religious establishment known broadly as the marjaʿiyya have bound themselves rather tightly together in the area of waqf law. This is important, because the waqf business in Iraq … Continue reading Will Baghdad’s Government Decide Shi’i Islam’s Future Highest Jurist? Religion-State Entanglements and the Waqf in Iraq