In the News: Child Custody in Islamic Law

Last month, the ex-daughter-in-law of former Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida took to Instagram to share her frustration with how the court was handling her child custody case, accusing the judge of having “changed the sharia law to fit his client” (her politically prominent ex-husband). Child custody, like other aspects of law, varies between countries—even in … Continue reading In the News: Child Custody in Islamic Law

Recent Scholarship: Akhter v. Khan

In August, the SHARIAsourceBlog featured a roundtable discussion on the Akhter v. Khan case, concerning the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. The London School of Economics' "Religion and Global Society" blog also posted a commentary on the case, written by Alistair Jones, which questioned the role of the government in … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Akhter v. Khan

In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Last month, Equal Times (a Brussels-based news site) published an article discussing the increase in paternity lawsuits and calls for DNA testing in Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates there are 75,000 paternity cases that are slowly making their way through the family court system. According to the article, the judges in these paternity cases have … Continue reading In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Recent Scholarship: Cheema and Abbasi on Islamic Family Law in Pakistan

Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema and SHARIAsource South Asia Editor Zubair Abbasi have written a paper on the role of the 150-year-old Lahore High Court—which has jurisdiction over Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab—in developing progressive Islamic family law in the country. "Contribution of the Lahore High Court in the Development of Islamic Family Law in Pakistan" … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Cheema and Abbasi on Islamic Family Law in Pakistan

In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Last month, National Geographic published a photo essay on a Muslim minority community (known as Pomaks) who live in northeastern Greece, in a small, remote region called Western Thrace. What makes this region unique is that it is the only place in the European Union that has Islamic courts that are recognized by the national … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Islamic Law Scholarship Round Up: Oct 19th

Ralph Grillo, who wrote for the SHARIAsourceBlog in March regarding “The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales” by the UK Home Office, just published an article in the Journal of Muslims in Europe on this ongoing legal and policy debate. In his article (“Comment on the Report of the … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholarship Round Up: Oct 19th

In the News: Interfaith Marriages and Islamic Law in Tunisia

Last fall, Tunisia overturned a 1973 law that banned Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men. (It is generally accepted by Islamic scholars that men are permitted to marry women of certain monotheistic faiths that predate Islam, such as Judaism and Christianity; however, the opposite scenario—Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men—is a source of contention.) Supporters of … Continue reading In the News: Interfaith Marriages and Islamic Law in Tunisia

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Oct 5th

This week’s issue of the Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: “Open Issues in European International Family Law: Sahyouni, “Private Divorces” and Islamic law under the Rome III Regulation” by Susanne Lilian Gössl This paper examines whether the Rome III Regulation, an EU legal pact concerning which law to use in … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Oct 5th

In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

On August 31st, a South African court ruled that Islamic law marriages must be recognized by the government in order to provide greater protections to women and children in case of divorce. Currently in South Africa, the law recognizes “customary marriages,” but only when they are part of the “customs and usages traditionally observed among … Continue reading In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce

A recent article in Islamic Law and Society on "The Practice of Khulʿ in Germany: Pragmatism versus Conservativism," by Mahmoud Jaraba, examines how Muslim women who are religiously-married in Germany might initiate no-fault divorce in the absence of a German registered civil marriage. Because there is no Muslim state authority to consult, local imams and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce