Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

The United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Taliban's subsequent takeover of the country has brought, once again, Islam and Islamic law to the fore in recent news coverage, reports, and analyses. This renewed attention to Islamic law is in part due to the fact that the Taliban identifies itself as a Muslim military organization … Continue reading Resource Roundup: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Islamic Law

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Egypt's fatwā authority, Dar Al-Ifta, issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English, which discusses women's rights in Islam. In "What is and isnt' Shariah?," Ekrem Bugra Ekinci (Daily Sabah) states that sharī'a is ultimately an effort by scholars to identify and interpret divine rules, which allows for greater flexibility. UN … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Abortion and Rape Laws in Pakistan: A Sharī‘ah Based Analysis" (SSRN, September 17, 2021), Qurratul Minhas (International Islamic University, Islamabad) and Samia Maqbool Niazi (International Islamic University, Islamabad) discuss rulings on rape and abortion in classical Islamic law to point to what they consider to be gaps in current Pakistani laws dealing with the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Muslim countries, especially Iran, have shown an increasing interest in establishing "milk banks" whereby preterm infants can receive breast milk as opposed to formula, although the practice is being considered from an Islamic perspective, which provides for a tenet of "milk kinship." The Taliban have stated that women would be allowed to study at university … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "Banking on Blind Faith? Islamic Finance, Consumer Protection and Public Policy" (SSRN, February 18, 2021) Faisal Kutty (Valparaiso University Law School) argues that current Islamic finance practices fall short of Islamic ethics and ideals. In "The Promise and Paradox of Women in the Judiciary in Indonesia" (SSRN,  June 1, 2021) Melissa Crouch (University of … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Al Sudais, the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia, appointed two women, Dr. Fatima Al Rushood and Dr. Al Anoud Al Aboud, as his assistants, marking a first in the history of the administration of the Muslim holy sites. The Council of Islamic Ideology (Pakistan) … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Finance Guru, a UK-based Islamic finance platform, recently raised £3 million in investments. The Saudi Crown Prince's overhaul of the country's legal system and practices traditionally thought as being mandated by sharī'a has given rise to discontent among some of the population. Ahead of the national Islamophobia summit, the National Council of Canadian Muslims … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

As Somalia continues to debate over what to include in its new constitution and when to hold a referendum on it, women's rights have emerged as a divisive point of discussion among the country's politicians. A former member of the Central Bank of Nigeria has urged the institution to establish a special tribunal to resolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

The Kerala High Court (India) recently overturned a decades-long precedent that had prohibited Muslim women from divorcing their husbands without judicial intervention.  In its new decision, the Court noted that judicial intervention was warranted only in faskh cases that involved the intervention of an Islamic judge, thereby recognizing the right of Muslim women to dissolve … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Islam-based legal language and state governance: democracy, strength of the judiciary and human rights" (Constitutional Political Economy (2020)), Emilia Justyna Powell (University of Notre Dame) and her coauthors test the hypothesis of whether Islamic legal language is associated with lower levels of electoral democracy, fewer liberties, and a weaker judicial system. Based on an … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup