Recent Scholarship: Islamic Political Leadership

The latest issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “Who or What Is the Wali al-Amr: The Unposed Question” by Nathan J. Brown This article explores how, in Islamic political writings, the concept of the wali al-amr (head of the community) has been transformed from an individual ruler to … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islamic Political Leadership

In the News: Indonesia’s Ḥalāl Labeling Law

Last month, the Indonesian government decided to postpone an October 2019 deadline requiring all consumer goods sold in the country to be certified ḥalāl. According to a 2014 Indonesian law, all food, beverages, drugs, cosmetics, chemical, biological, and genetically engineered products, as well as “consumer goods that are worn, used, or utilized by the public” … Continue reading In the News: Indonesia’s Ḥalāl Labeling Law

Recent Scholarship: Child Law in the Gulf

The latest issue of Brill’s Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World includes an article by Lena-Maria Möller on the development of family law in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. “Family Law in the GCC and the Best Interests of the Child: The Multiple Meanings of a Vague Legal Concept” … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Child Law in the Gulf

In the News: Ḥalāl Meat

Two weeks ago, the European Court of Justice—the EU’s highest court—ruled that meat derived from animals that were not stunned before being slaughtered could not be labeled “organic.” The Court explained that the “organic” label was developed in response to consumers’ demand for food that protected animals’ welfare, and that scientific studies have shown that … Continue reading In the News: Ḥalāl Meat

Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

In his 2017 book, Will Hanley discusses the displacement of qāḍī courts with consular tribunals, and questions of religious authority as they competed with new ideas of nationality at the close of the Ottoman Empire and with the rise of British occupation in Egypt. Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria From the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Religious Authority and Nationality Laws in Alexandria

In the News: Prison Chaplains

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate who had filed a legal challenge after prison officials told him he could only have a Christian chaplain present in the execution chamber—but not a Muslim imam. Domineque Ray’s lawyers had argued that the prison’s policy violated the Establishment Clause of the … Continue reading In the News: Prison Chaplains

Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

The latest issue of the Journal of Law and Society includes an article about the relationship between colonialism and modern-day French laws against Muslim women's dress: "Of Bodies and Burkinis: Institutional Islamophobia, Islamic Dress, and the Colonial Condition" by Brayson Kimberley Excerpt: "Shifting legal justifications of gender oppression and national security simultaneously obfuscate and enact … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

Last week, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper published an interview (free registration may be required to read the full article) with Seyran Ates, who in 2017 established a mosque in Germany where men and women pray side by side, and women can lead the prayers. The interview focused on Islamic identity in Europe, and specifically Ates’ … Continue reading In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Many of SHARIAsource’s Senior Scholars were recognized in Brill’s Islamic Law and Society journal as writers of the top 15 articles written in the 25 years of ILS. In celebration of ILS’ 25th anniversary, public access to all 15 articles has been made free through March 31st. (Volume 1:1, 1994):  From Fatwās To Furü: Growth … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: Feb 25th

Recent Scholarship: Islamic Identity and the Malaysian Constitution

This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes a book chapter on Islam’s expanding role in Malaysian constitutional law. The chapter (available as a PDF; free SSRN registration may be required) was published in The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective, edited by Rosalind Dixon and Adrienne Stone (Cambridge … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islamic Identity and the Malaysian Constitution