Abou El Fadl on Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl recently gave a lecture (available on YouTube here) regarding the prohibition of torture in Islam, which he explained is not derived from modern international law, but rather from the Qurʾān and ḥadīth. In particular, Abou El Fadl pushed back against the misconception that, under Islamic criminal law, victims … Continue reading Abou El Fadl on Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Here is a round up of recent books on Islamic studies published by Gorgias Press: Fâtima, Daughter of Muḥammad by Christopher Paul Clohessy "But from the shadows of history and the pages of ancient Arabic texts emerges the picture of a startling and distinctive woman who, far from living on the peripheries of Islam’s beginnings, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (which examines alleged violations of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights) handed down its long-anticipated decision in Molla Sali v. Greece, a case about Islamic legal pluralism in Europe and the rights of religious minorities. Stay tuned to the SHARIAsourceBlog for a roundtable discussion on this … Continue reading European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Self-Government

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel has written an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Islamic Ethics (available open-access here), discussing how states can incorporate sharīʿa into their legislative systems in a way consistent with our modern-day ideals of democracy and peace: “Political Legitimacy, Democracy and Islamic Law: The Place of Self‐Government … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Self-Government

In the News: Ḥalāl Food

A few weeks ago, Germany's Interior Ministry apologized after serving pork at a conference on Islam in Berlin. Most of the attendees at the conference were apparently Muslim, and under Islamic law, pork is not considered permissible (ḥalāl) to eat. Like other aspects of Islamic law, there are some differences among Islamic legal scholars (and … Continue reading In the News: Ḥalāl Food

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Dec 17th

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Asifa Quraishi-Landes has been named the Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the College of William & Mary for spring 2019. In addition, click here to see SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Anver Emon’s interview on Canada’s CTV News Channel regarding Quebec’s proposed ban on religious symbols (including headscarves) for public servants.

Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

This article by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Sherman Jackson, published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, tackles an issue that is often brought up in Islamic law courses as well as the media: how do you define "secular" in Islam? "The Islamic Secular" It is common to assume an inherent conflict between the substance … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

In the News: Triple Ṭalāq Criminalized in India

About three months ago, the Indian government formally criminalized “triple ṭalāq” divorce—an instant and irrevocable divorce under some versions of Islamic law where a husband can unilaterally divorce his wife by saying the word ṭalāq (divorce) three times. The Supreme Court of India had ruled last August that the practice of “triple ṭalāq” was unconstitutional. … Continue reading In the News: Triple Ṭalāq Criminalized in India

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Dec 10th

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times on the political rhetoric of Saudi clerics. A recent conversation with Dr. Abou El Fadl about his book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari‘ah in the Modern Age, is also available here, where he discusses recent events in the … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Dec 10th

Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System

Forms and Institutions of Justice: Legal Actions in Ottoman Contexts, edited by Yavuz Aykan and Işık Tamdoğan This volume examines the concept of "justice" across different times and places that were under Ottoman rule. It challenges the unitary conception of an "Ottoman Justice" and the legal and procedural dominance accorded the kadi in Ottoman historiography. … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: New Book on Ottoman Legal System