Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Women in Saudi Arabia's Dammam region are reported to have been allowed to assume administrative duties in all personal status courts, with expectations that the same policy will be implemented in other regions of the country.  A credit union in Vermont announced that it would begin developing a lending program … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: Female Religious Authority in Shi’i Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), edited by Mirjam Künkler (Princeton University) and Devin Stewart (Emory University), brings together contributions that "reflect[] on the roles that women have played in exercising religious authority across time and space" in Shī'ī Islam. In "Islam And Democracy: Are They … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to cut interest rates, arguing that the cut is also in line with Islamic law. In a recent interview, one of the few female judges in Palestine, Kholoud al-Faqeeh, commenting on religious courts and women, stated: "A woman’s whole life cycle is before these … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Two of the three men accused and convicted of killing Malcolm X in 1965 have been exonerated.  For content and context on Islamic law, including a mention of Malcolm X, consult our Editor-in-Chief, Professor Intisar Rabb's "Methods and Meaning in Islamic Law: Introduction."  A few senators in Nigeria have refused … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Muslims in America continue to make extended trips to purchase meat that is prepared for consumption according to Islamic law. Mohamad Sawwaf, CEO of Canadian Islamic finance startup Manzil, recently stated in an interview that lack of knowledge on Islamic law is an important setback to the startup ecosystem in … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Implementation of International Human Rights in Pakistan: Finding a Balance between Western Conceptions and Islamic Law" (Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice 17, no. 1 (2021)), Sana Khan argues that Pakistan's relative failure to implement human rights standards it has adopted in its constitution and through several … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree that expanded the jurisdiction of Syria's Council of Islamic Jurisprudence. According to a recently-issued decree, civil marriage by non-Muslims have now been allowed in Abu Dhabi. Financial experts have urged Muslim countries to "develop common regulatory, financial, and religious frameworks to capitalize on … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Wearing the Niqab: Muslim Women in the UK and the US" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), Anna Piela (Northwestern University) argues that niqāb, the Islamic face veil, has become the ubiquitous symbol of "everything that is perceived to be wrong about Islam," and further discusses how discussions surrounding its permissibility and … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islamic Law in the News Roundup

ISLAMIC LAW IN THE NEWS Following the Taliban's rise to power, many law students and lawyers from Afghanistan have reported that "[i]t is not the application of Islamic criminal law that frightens [them], it is that it is applied without due process." Haroun Rahimi, a self-exiled Afghan who was a professor of law at Kabul … Continue reading Islamic Law in the News Roundup

Afghanistan News Roundup: Islamic Law and the Taliban

Legal historians and pundits traced the origins of the Taliban to Deobandism, an Islamic movement led by a Sunnī scholar from India, that was based on reactionary reflexes against British colonialism. During their first news conference following their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban declared that women would continue to enjoy their rights and freedoms under … Continue reading Afghanistan News Roundup: Islamic Law and the Taliban