SHARIAsource Selects 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow

ILSP: SHARIAsource is very pleased to announce that Mariam Sheibani will be joining us for the 2018-2019 academic year as a Visiting Fellow. We are excited to support her project Islamic Law in an Age of Crisis and Consolidation: ‘Izz al-Dīn Ibn ‘Abd al-Salām and the Ethical Turn in Medieval Islamic Law. While this year’s … Continue reading SHARIAsource Selects 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Peter McDaniels sued various prison officials, alleging that they intentionally failed to provide him with pre-sunrise meals during Ramadan and with an Eid al-Fitr meal at the conclusion of Ramadan, in violation of his First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion. The Plaintiff also contended that the lack of provision of ḥalāl meat … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

SHARIAsource Welcomes New Editors

SHARIAsource is pleased to welcome the following new editors: Muhammad Abderrazzaq University of Michigan Emily O'Dell Yale Law School Sohair Omar Yemen Aid Jafar Shokrolah Zadeh SUNY Binghamton Katarzyna Sidło Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) These five scholars will be researching and commenting on a wide range of topics related to Islamic law, … Continue reading SHARIAsource Welcomes New Editors

Country Profile: Japan

This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of Japan (Nihon-koku/Nippon-koku), based on research produced by GlobaLex at NYU Law School and the Library of Congress. Under Japan's Constitution, Islamic law (sharīʿa or fiqh) has no legal status. Country Background Japan is an island chain located in East Asia. It is east of the Korean Peninsula, … Continue reading Country Profile: Japan

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Petitioner Kofi Easterling, an inmate at Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI), filed suit against the Respondents, various prison officials, alleging that they ignored the Petitioner's instructions as to when Ramadan began. The Petitioner claimed that the Respondents’ Ramadan date violated his religious beliefs under the First Amendment and RLUIPA. In the District Court, the Respondents … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Celebrating Aron Zysow’s Scholarship

Aron Zysow (Harvard JD & PhD, 1984), the eminent scholar of Islamic law and theology, turns 70 this year. To celebrate his intellectual generosity and his immense contributions to Islamic studies, a group of his long-time friends gathered at Harvard Law School on May 6 for a one-day symposium on a topic close to Aron's … Continue reading Celebrating Aron Zysow’s Scholarship

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Petitioner Tyrone Walker alleged that the prison violated his civil rights when it refused to provide him with the opportunity to participate in jumu'ah (Friday prayer) services when he was confined to the SHU. The District Court determined that the Respondent did not violate the Petitioner's rights under RLUIPA, as the Respondent's decision to deny … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The plaintiff, Raymond Miller, brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendants, employees at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility (New York), violated his free exercise rights under the First Amendment by restricting his ability to practice Islam. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants only allowed him to wear his kufi … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006 :: A Sourcebook Volume V: Two Famous Cases

Early zeal for application of the reinstated Islamic criminal law resulted in two zināʾ cases which attracted worldwide attention in 2001-2003: the cases of Safiyatu Hussaini and Amina Lawal, litigated in the Sharia Courts of Sokoto and Katsina States, respectively. Vol. V makes available English translations of the records of proceedings and the judgments of … Continue reading Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006 :: A Sourcebook Volume V: Two Famous Cases

Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria: Further Documentary Materials III: Zakat and Endowment Boards and Committees

These materials document, state by state, what each of the sharīʿa states is doing in respect of the collection and distribution of zakāt and the management of pious endowments (waqf, pl awqāf). The materials include early proposals by Sharia Implementation Committees or Councils of Ulama for official zakāt organizations, including the doctrinal background; all statutory materials … Continue reading Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria: Further Documentary Materials III: Zakat and Endowment Boards and Committees