Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

The South African newspaper Mail & Guardian recently featured a book review of Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World (2018), by Raficq S. Abdullah and Mohamed M. Keshavjee. The book explores the history of sharīʿa and its role in the modern world. Here is an excerpt of the book review: While the authors … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: History of Sharīʿa

Recent Scholarship: Islam and Irish Law

A new book published last month by Brill, Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context, edited by Kathryn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick), examines how minority religions in general – and Islam in particular – fit into the legal and policy context in Ireland. The chapters address high-profile issues such as marriage … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islam and Irish Law

Recent Scholarship: Medieval Islamic Legal Debates

In the latest issue of Studia Islamica, Asma Afsaruddin’s article on “Jihād, Gender, and Religious Minorities in the Siyar Literature: The Diachronic View” compares five medieval works to highlight changing attitudes towards the participation of non-Muslims and women in military jihād. Meanwhile, Omar Farahat’s new book on The Foundation of Norms of Islamic Jurisprudence and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Medieval Islamic Legal Debates

Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Two recent journal articles explore how Islamic law is being defined, debated, and applied in Europe – both by Muslims and by courts. Maurits S. Berger’s “Understanding Sharia in the West” in the Journal of Law, Religion and State discusses three different "representations" of sharīʿa: “as scholarship, as a set of rules inserted into the modern … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: European Muslims and Islamic Law

Islamic Law at the 2019 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Each year, the Islamic Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (ILS-CRN) helps compose panels on Islamic law at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. This year’s roster features a host of author-meets-reader book sessions and panels featuring Islamic law. Tamir Moustafa of Simon Fraser University will respond to commentators' reviews of his … Continue reading Islamic Law at the 2019 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: May 13th

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, who teaches both Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was recently interviewed by Wisconsin Public Television on how the media can play a role in correcting misperceptions of Islamic law (the interview can be watched here). Meanwhile, Anver Emon, director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round-Up: May 13th

Round Table :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Katarzyna Sidło (Center for Social and Economic Research) organized a PIL Forum Roundtable on the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend inheritance laws. She introduces the Roundtable by noting that, under the country’s current Personal Status Code – passed in 1956 – Tunisian citizens may not “allocate their inheritance freely and must … Continue reading Round Table :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law) takes a pragmatic approach that helps explain why Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi’s 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws has raised so much controversy: "While the new law, if implemented, may not make a substantial tangible difference in people’s lives – especially given the ease with … Continue reading Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Katarzyna Sidło's (CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research) analysis of the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws examines the issue with an economic lens. The common argument defending the traditional rules and upholding this type of legal gender discrimination in Tunisia is an interpretation of a Qurʾānic … Continue reading Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Financial Ethics

Mohammad Fadel, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, wrote a chapter in Islam and Applied Ethics (Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, 2017) exploring the ethical principles that inform Islamic law in connection with finance: “Ethics and Finance: An Islamic Perspective in the Light of the Purposes of Islamic Sharia” The chapter was originally … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Islamic Financial Ethics