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

Morocco editor Ari Schriber discusses Morocco's 1957 Personal Status Code, the country's first unified set of family law statutes. He addresses the provisions concerning polygamy in particular, and the government's attempts to evoke an Islamic basis for legalizing polygamy while simultaneously appearing to limit it in the name of protecting women. "The 1957 Personal Status Code (Mudawwanat … 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

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