Circulaire Bank al-Maghrib

This is a memorandum (circulaire) issued by the shari'a board of the Central Bank of Morocco (Bank al-Maghrib) in January 2017. The document contains fatwās pertaining to Islamic financial instruments such as murābaḥa and regulations concerning its practice and penalties. See document and see the interview with a sharīʿa auditor at Dar Assafaa.

Islamic Finance: New Developments in Morocco’s Sharīʿa-Compliant Banking

Interview conducted by Ari Schriber, Morocco Editor Nour-Eddine Qaouar is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Letters and Humanities at Muhammad V University (Rabat, Morocco) where he studies the applicability of finance-related fatwās from classical sharīʿa to contemporary questions of Islamic finance. He is also Sharīʿa Auditor at Dar Assafaa, the Islamic window of … Continue reading Islamic Finance: New Developments in Morocco’s Sharīʿa-Compliant Banking

Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The Plaintiff, Marcus Leeotis Watts, sued the Respondents, various prison officials at the Perry Correctional Institution in South Carolina, for allegedly violating his rights under RLUIPA and the First Amendment when the prison failed to provide Muslim prisoners with ḥalāl meat. The Respondents contended that the vegetarian meal option that complied with Islamic law was adequate, … Continue reading Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

NYT Excerpt: Ruud Peters in “Indonesians Seek to Export a Modernized Vision of Islam”

From The New York Times, May 1st, 2017 "...The 2006 painting has become the symbol of a global initiative by the Indonesian youth wing of Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest mass Islamic organization in the world, that seeks to reinterpret Islamic law dating from the Middle Ages in ways that conform to 21st-century norms. Among other … Continue reading NYT Excerpt: Ruud Peters in “Indonesians Seek to Export a Modernized Vision of Islam”

Middle East Eye: Fear of Sharia: Harvard project aims to shed light on Islamic law

From The Middle East Eye on May 4th, 2017 "BOSTON, Massachusetts – As the United States continues to grapple with growing Islamophobia, Harvard Law School has launched a “flagship research venture” to organise the world’s information on Islamic law: SHARIAsource. The project aims to provide a repository for scholars, journalists and policy makers, by making knowledge freely available, Sharon … Continue reading Middle East Eye: Fear of Sharia: Harvard project aims to shed light on Islamic law

Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, asserts that "Arab constitutions are not abnormally religious," even though they legally integrate religion in different ways. "Religion appears in the constitutions of the Arab world, almost all with Muslim majorities, in a variety of … Continue reading Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

INTISAR RABB SELECTED AS 2017–2018 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW

Cambridge, Mass.—The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Intisar Rabb to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow. A Radcliffe Institute fellowship can propel the career of a junior scientist, foster a year of creativity for a mid-career artist, give a diplomat time to write, and provide an established scientist with a chance … Continue reading INTISAR RABB SELECTED AS 2017–2018 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW

Recent Scholarship in Islamic Law and Society

Compiled by Maliheh Zare (JSD Candidate, New York University School of Law) for the Islamic Law and Society Collaborative Research Network. ISLAMIC LAW AND SOCIETY NEWSLETTER FALL and WINTER 2016-17 The contributors to this edition are Matthew Erie, Iza Hussin, Mirjam Kuenkler, Tamir Moustafa, Michael Peletz, and Daromir Rudnyckyj. In addition to publication information, the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship in Islamic Law and Society

The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

On April 25th, SHARIAsource Fellow, Dr. Sohaira Siddiqui, at the Islamic Legal Studies Program used the 1881 case of Fidayat ul-Nissa and others  v. Muhammad Ismail Khan (India) to frame her discussion of the creation of Anglo-Muhammadan law. Like the other five cases that she has researched during her fellowship this year, this case  demonstrates the complexity of … Continue reading The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

Job Opening: Associate Director Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies & Mediterranean Studies Forum Stanford Global Studies Division

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum (both part of the Stanford Global Studies Division) are academic hubs that foster academic events, research, and teaching related to Islamic Studies and Mediterranean Studies at Stanford University. The Abbasi Program’s mandate also includes deepening the public understanding of Islam and … Continue reading Job Opening: Associate Director Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies & Mediterranean Studies Forum Stanford Global Studies Division