Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

An upcoming special issue of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion focuses on unregistered Muslim marriages, which was also the topic of a recent SHARIAsource roundtable. The articles reiterate that one of the main challenges with unregistered marriages is that there are certain benefits and state protections that are only available to legally recognized … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

In the News: LGBT Rights in Malaysia

Last week, the news from Malaysia that two women were convicted of same-sex relations and were publicly caned in front of a large crowd prompted international condemnation. The decision was handed down by a sharīʿa court in the state of Terengganu. Under Malaysia’s Constitution, there are two parallel justice systems: the civil/criminal court system that … Continue reading In the News: LGBT Rights in Malaysia

In the News: Islamic Inheritance Laws

Earlier this month, Tunisia’s President announced in a speech: “I propose equality inheritance to become law.” Currently in Tunisia, men typically inherit double what women inherit. The proposed change has attracted criticism from conservative Muslim groups, who argue that inheritance should be based on the Qurʾān—even though, according to Tunisia’s 2014 Constitution, Islamic law has … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Inheritance Laws

FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Six scholars and practitioners of Islamic family law and related subjects weigh in on the recent high-profile case of Islamic divorce in the UK, Akhter v. Khan issued by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.  At the tail end of last month, a UK court decided a case of family law that has reverberated … Continue reading FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Need for an Efficient Mechanism to Marry (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Vishal Vora comments on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. Dr. Vora takes a closer look at Islamic family law in the UK in The … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Need for an Efficient Mechanism to Marry (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Move Toward Cohabitation: Islamic Marriage in England and Wales

Hadeer Soliman and Vishal Vora analyze the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law using Al-Saedy v. Musawi (2010), Dukali v. Lamrani (2012), MA v. JA (2012), and the July 2018 decision of Akhter v. Khan (2018). This piece was originally published on the SHARIAsource Portal. Introduction State level discussions, suggested legislation, and case law surrounding Islamic … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Move Toward Cohabitation: Islamic Marriage in England and Wales

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Re-opening the Debate on the Law of Marriage as a Whole (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Ralph Grillo comments on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. I hesitate to intervene in a roundtable on what is a complicated legal decision. As … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Re-opening the Debate on the Law of Marriage as a Whole (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: UK Courts recognize the Islamic law equivalent of a “semblance of marriage” (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Intisar A. Rabb comments on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. Case Akhter v. Khan, Case No. Case No: ZC16D00278, [2018] EWFC 54 (UK High … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: UK Courts recognize the Islamic law equivalent of a “semblance of marriage” (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Islamic Marriage and English Divorce – a new Decision from the English High Court

Guest contributor Ralf Michaels writes at Conflict of Laws on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales' recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. Original post here. In England, almost all … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Islamic Marriage and English Divorce – a new Decision from the English High Court

Recent Scholarship: Powers on Adoption

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar David Powers wrote the entry for “Adoption” in the online research database, Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies. It discusses the history of adoption in pre-Islamic Arabia, types of adoption in Islamic law and tradition, and modern debates about adoption. Excerpt: Adoption was widely practiced in the Near East—including Arabia—in Antiquity and Late … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Powers on Adoption