Syllabus, University of Toronto: Introduction to Islamic Law

The Islamic Law Teaching Project houses collections of syllabi and other teaching material for Islamic law courses taught primarily in law schools of the US and UK. This syllabus is from Professor Anver Emon at the University of Toronto. This course introduces students to the history, politics, culture and theory of Islamic law, starting from the early … Continue reading Syllabus, University of Toronto: Introduction to Islamic Law

Court Document: Circular No. 8 of 2008 on Execution of Sharīʿa Arbitration Body Decisions

This circular was drafted in response to questions raised by several Chief Justices of Indonesian religious courts (Pengadilan Agama) in relation to the execution of Shari'a Arbitration Body (Badan Arbitrase Syari'ah - Basyarnas) decisions. Citing art 60 of Law No. 30 of 1999, the circular states that Basyarnas decisions are final and binding. If, however, parties choose … Continue reading Court Document: Circular No. 8 of 2008 on Execution of Sharīʿa Arbitration Body Decisions

Islamic Law Lexicon :: Ḥadīth

This entry provides a definition and analysis of the term ḥadīth, drawing on works by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar, Joseph Lowry, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.   Ḥadīth = “the corpus of traditions from the Prophet”; reports of words and sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (for Sunnis) as … Continue reading Islamic Law Lexicon :: Ḥadīth

Iranian Plenary Assembly Reiteration Opinion No. 21

A Ra’y-e Esrārī (opinion issued when the lower court to which the case is remanded reiterates on the rejected decision) by the Civil Division of the Plenary Assembly of Iranian Supreme Court. According to this opinion, when the sale of pledged property by the pledgor contains a stipulation to the effect that the seller/pledgor has to pay all … Continue reading Iranian Plenary Assembly Reiteration Opinion No. 21

Malaysia and the Centralized Model of Islamic Finance Regulation

UAE and Malaysia editor Paul Lee's commentary examines Malaysia as an example of a centralized model of regulating Sharīʿah compliance in Islamic finance. "When parties seek to engage in Islamic finance in a jurisdiction, that jurisdiction must make a determination as to whether, and how, to regulate Islamic finance. Beyond those issues arising in conventional finance, Islamic … Continue reading Malaysia and the Centralized Model of Islamic Finance Regulation

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: United States v. Wong Chung (N.D.N.Y. 1899): Immigration Decision

Holding: In a judicial proceeding to determine whether a defendant should be denied entry to the United States, the court is not bound by the decision of a U.S. customs officer or collector. Rather, it must investigate and weigh the evidence offered by both parties, including any visas or certificates from defendant refuting evidence from the … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: United States v. Wong Chung (N.D.N.Y. 1899): Immigration Decision

New Resource: Compendium on Islamic Criminal Laws of Northern Nigeria

According to the Penal Code of 1960, criminal laws purportedly based on sharīʿa ceased to exist in Northern Nigeria. In 2000, twelve states of Northern Nigeria sought to reintroduce Islamic criminal law, which had been partially in place prior to the 1960 law reforms. Besides the enactment of penal codes, these states enacted several laws designed to … Continue reading New Resource: Compendium on Islamic Criminal Laws of Northern Nigeria

Codifying Polygamy in the 1957 Moroccan Mudawwana

Earlier this year, Tunisia lifted the 1973 ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men and is considering equalizing inheritance laws for men and women, on arguments that the mixed marriage ban and inheritance disparity violates the post-Arab Spring 2014 constitution calling for gender equality. This development follows in a line of earlier precedent for personal … Continue reading Codifying Polygamy in the 1957 Moroccan Mudawwana

Country Profile: United States of America

SHARIAsource provides basic overviews of the legal history and institutional structures of various countries. These profiles examine the legal status of Islamic law in the nation’s constitution. View the United States of America's profile. Excerpt This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the United States of America. This … Continue reading Country Profile: United States of America