Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Coleman v. Jabe (W.D.Va. 2012): Religious Accommodation for Grooming in Prison

Plaintiff Jeffrey Coleman filed an action against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) alleging violations of his constitutional rights under the First Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and RLUIPA. The Plaintiff claimed that these rights had been violated in over 12 policies, including the policy that limited his purchase of prayer oil to … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Coleman v. Jabe (W.D.Va. 2012): Religious Accommodation for Grooming in Prison

Islamic Center of Nashville v. State of Tennessee (6th Cir. 2017): Ijāra Financing Cancels Real Estate Tax Exemption for Financed Property

To fund construction for a new building without violating Islamic law's prohibition against interest, the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) entered into an ijāra agreement with Devon Bank; the bank created a subsidiary for the purpose of the ijāra agreement. Under the agreement, Devon Bank had legal ownership of the building's title until ICN could fully purchase the building. … Continue reading Islamic Center of Nashville v. State of Tennessee (6th Cir. 2017): Ijāra Financing Cancels Real Estate Tax Exemption for Financed Property

Islamic Center of Nashville: Ijāra Financing Cancels Religious Tax Exemption for Financed Property

U.S. Editor Abed Awad examines the implications of the 6th Circuit's decision in September regarding the financing of an Islamic Center through ijāra. Case: Islamic Center of Nashville v. Tennessee, et al., 872 F.3d 377 (6th Cir. 2017)  Established in 1979, the Islamic Center of Nashville is a religious not-for-profit that operates both a mosque … Continue reading Islamic Center of Nashville: Ijāra Financing Cancels Religious Tax Exemption for Financed Property

Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The Plaintiff, Marcus Leeotis Watts, sued the Respondents, various prison officials at the Perry Correctional Institution in South Carolina, for allegedly violating his rights under RLUIPA and the First Amendment when the prison failed to provide Muslim prisoners with ḥalāl meat. The Respondents contended that the vegetarian meal option that complied with Islamic law was adequate, … Continue reading Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Excerpt: Naming a Baby Is Hard Enough Without the State Involved

Senior scholar Noah Feldman comments on First Amendment issues underlying the state of Georgia's refusal to allow a couple to give their child the last name Allah. Excerpted from the original piece on Bloomberg View. "The state of Georgia is refusing to allow a couple to give their baby the last name Allah -- not because it’s … Continue reading Excerpt: Naming a Baby Is Hard Enough Without the State Involved

Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The Plaintiff, Marcus Leeotis Watts, sued the Respondents, various prison officials at the Perry Correctional Institution in South Carolina, for allegedly violating his rights under RLUIPA and the First Amendment when the prison failed to provide Muslim prisoners with halal meat. The Respondents contended that the vegetarian meal option that complied with Islamic law was … Continue reading Watts v. Byars (D.S.C. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners