Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages

Contributor Katherine Gonzalez summarizes the recent decision of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town, South Africa regarding the term "surviving spouse" and how it applies to Muslim marriages.   A Western Cape High Court in Cape Town declared the 1953 Wills Act inconsistent with the South Africa Constitution, because the statute’s provisions were … Continue reading Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages

Round-up on Triple Ṭalāq

SUPREME COURT CASE: Shayara Bano v. Union of India, etc. (Supreme Court of India)  In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court of India declared triple ṭalāq unconstitutional and gave India’s parliament six months “to consider legislation” for handling triple ṭalāq. In its opinion, the Court cited global advances in Islamic family law (in India, called Muslim … Continue reading Round-up on Triple Ṭalāq

In Response to the Indian Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Triple Ṭalāq: A Legislative Proposal

The Indian Supreme Court's decision on triple ṭalāq declared it unconstitutional, and gave the legislature six months to decide on appropriate reform. Pakistan editor Zubair Abbasi responds to the decision and outlines considerations the legislature should address. "According to media reports, triple ṭalāq (instant, irrevocable divorce initiated by a husband in some versions of Islamic law) epitomizes … Continue reading In Response to the Indian Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Triple Ṭalāq: A Legislative Proposal

Shayara Bano v. Union of India, etc. (Supreme Court of India): Judgment on Constitutionalism of Triple Ṭalāq

In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court of India declared triple ṭalāq unconstitutional and gave India’s parliament six months “to consider legislation” for handling triple ṭalāq. In its opinion, the Court cited global advances in Islamic family law (in India, called Muslim personal law) in “even theocratic Islamic states” as evidence of the need for reform.  The Court … Continue reading Shayara Bano v. Union of India, etc. (Supreme Court of India): Judgment on Constitutionalism of Triple Ṭalāq

Muslim Cmty. Ass’n of Ann Arbor & Vicinity v. Pittsfield Charter Twp. (E.D. Mich. 2013): Discrimination in Zoning Regulations

The Plaintiff, the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor, challenged the Pittsfield Charter Township, the Township Board, Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal, and six Township Board of Trustees Members for their refusal to re-zone the area surrounding the Plaintiff so that the Plaintiff could expand and build a school. Although an independent outside planner endorsed the … Continue reading Muslim Cmty. Ass’n of Ann Arbor & Vicinity v. Pittsfield Charter Twp. (E.D. Mich. 2013): Discrimination in Zoning Regulations

Opportunity: Chair, Department of Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Due Dates: Reviews begin October 15th, 2017 Illinois Institute of Technology seeks a distinguished teacher, scholar and leader as Chair of the Department of Humanities in IIT’s Lewis College of Human Sciences. As the home of humanities research and teaching in a technological university, the department holds a special role in the education of all … Continue reading Opportunity: Chair, Department of Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Opportunity at Williams College: Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies

Due Sep 20, 2017 The Arabic Studies program at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor, beginning July 2018. Specialization open, PhD in hand by September 2018 expected. Excellent training and experience in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers are essential, as is a rigorous scholarly agenda. The teaching load is 2-2 plus a January … Continue reading Opportunity at Williams College: Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program

Applications due September 17, 2017 The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds American scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. … Continue reading Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program

2017 MESA Annual Meeting Program

Due dates: Reservations for group rate at the hotel: October 20, 2017 Pre-registration: October 24, 2017 The MESA 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC will be held November 18-21 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Deadlines for hotel reservations, pre-registration, and final program updates are quickly approaching. The Preliminary Program (pdf) has been posted. … Continue reading 2017 MESA Annual Meeting Program

Younger Scholars Forum in Comparative Law in Fukuoka, Japan

Due dates: Abstracts: September 15, 2017 The International Academy of Comparative Law will host the first-ever Younger Scholars Forum in Comparative Law, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 as part of the larger quadrennial Congress of Comparative Law. "Younger scholars" are defined as those with no more than ten years … Continue reading Younger Scholars Forum in Comparative Law in Fukuoka, Japan