Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Sept 7th

This week's issue of the Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Islam and Women Rights in Pakistan" by Ihsan Yilmaz and Zahid Shahab Ahmed This paper analyzes the impact of two constitutional bodies with the power to perform ijtihād—the Council of Islamic Ideology and the Federal Shariat Court—on women's rights in … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Sept 7th

SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: Aug 20th

SHARIAsource Early Abbasid Iraq and Iran Editor Nahed Samour moderated a discussion at the Jewish Museum in Berlin on tolerance of criticism in Judaism and Islam. Meanwhile, an op-ed in The Indian Express on the public debate in India over whether sharīʿa councils should be banned referenced SHARIAsource Southeast Asia and Pakistan Editor Jeff Redding’s … Continue reading SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: Aug 20th

In The News: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

Islamic law was a prominent issue in last week’s elections in Pakistan. According to Reuters, religious parties were “fielding more than 1,500 candidates for national and provincial assemblies, compared with a few hundred in 2013.” The article describes a normalization of campaign rhetoric and slogans “accusing opponents of blasphemy or treason.” Imran Khan, who has … Continue reading In The News: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

Recent Scholarship: Redding on Transgender Rights in Pakistan

SHARIAsource South Asia editor Jeff Redding has written a paper on Muslim discussions on gender, law, and society discussing the rights of transgender people living in Pakistan, which constitutionally incorporates Islamic law into its state law system. The paper is due to appear as a book chapter in an edited volume called Human Rights in Translation: Intercultural … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Redding on Transgender Rights in Pakistan

Country Profile: China

This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the People's Republic of China (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo), based on research produced by GlobaLex at NYU Law School and the Library of Congress. Under China's Constitution, Islamic law (sharīʿa or fiqh) has no legal status. Country Background China is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, … Continue reading Country Profile: China

Commentary: The Myth of Voluntary Surrendering to Islamic Law: An Analysis of the Lashing of Non-Muslims Under the Acehnese Islamic Criminal Law

This commentary, by Waskito Jati, criticizes the prevailing opinion that non-Muslims who have been lashed in public after violating Islamic criminal law in Aceh have voluntarily surrendered to Islamic law after being given the choice of prosecution under Acehnese Qanun Jinayat, the Indonesian penal code. Article 5 (C) of the Qanun contradicts this opinion by stating … Continue reading Commentary: The Myth of Voluntary Surrendering to Islamic Law: An Analysis of the Lashing of Non-Muslims Under the Acehnese Islamic Criminal Law

Contemporary Primary Sources: Takengon Sharīʿa Court Indictment and Decision Case No. 1 of 2016: The Selling of Alcohol by a Non-Muslim

The police raided Remita Sinaga's house in early 2016 where they found 70 bottles of alcohol. Subsequently, the prosecutor indicted her for selling alcohol to her neighbors, a criminal act punishable with up to 30 public lashes under the Acehnese Qanun Jinayat. The prosecutor demanded for her to be punished in the form of 6 … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Takengon Sharīʿa Court Indictment and Decision Case No. 1 of 2016: The Selling of Alcohol by a Non-Muslim

Contemporary Primary Sources: Indonesian Council of Ulama Fatwā on Friday Prayers for Travelers Aboard Ships and Aircraft

This fatwā considers that, as a result of traveling internationally, people may miss Friday (i.e., depart on a Thursday and arrive on a Saturday). Pursuant to the Ḥanbalī school of thought, however, all persons aboard ships and aircraft are to perform Friday congregational prayers. These prayers are only to be performed on Friday: If, as … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Indonesian Council of Ulama Fatwā on Friday Prayers for Travelers Aboard Ships and Aircraft

Contemporary Primary Sources: Banjarmasin (Indonesia) Municipal Regulation No. 13 of 2003 on Prohibited Activities During Ramadan

This regional regulation prohibits places of entertainment, restaurants, kiosks (warung, rombong), and the like, from opening during the month of Ramadan. It similarly prohibits eating, drinking and/or smoking in restaurants, kiosks, and the like, from sunrise to sundown. Exceptions to the rule are: Restaurants opening from 5 pm preparing to serve patrons breaking the fast; Markets … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Banjarmasin (Indonesia) Municipal Regulation No. 13 of 2003 on Prohibited Activities During Ramadan

Country Profile: Indonesia

This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the Republic of Indonesia (Republik Indonesia), based on research produced by GlobaLex at NYU Law School and the Library of Congress. Under Indonesia's Constitution, Islamic law (sharīʿa or fiqh) has no legal status. However, one province—Aceh Province—has established Islamic law formally within its jurisdiction. Country Background Indonesia is located … Continue reading Country Profile: Indonesia