Islamic Law in “Plain English”

As a reminder, the SHARIAsource Portal contains helpful resources that explain various aspects of Islamic law in "plain English," including: Lexicon Ijtihād: the direct interpretation of scripture Ḥadīth: Prophetic traditions Scholarship Reviews Mohammad Fadel on the Function of the "Interest Ban" in Islamic Finance Clark Lombardi on Sharīʿa as a Source of Legislation

Abou El Fadl on Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl recently gave a lecture (available on YouTube here) regarding the prohibition of torture in Islam, which he explained is not derived from modern international law, but rather from the Qurʾān and ḥadīth. In particular, Abou El Fadl pushed back against the misconception that, under Islamic criminal law, victims … Continue reading Abou El Fadl on Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (which examines alleged violations of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights) handed down its long-anticipated decision in Molla Sali v. Greece, a case about Islamic legal pluralism in Europe and the rights of religious minorities. Stay tuned to the SHARIAsourceBlog for a roundtable discussion on this … Continue reading European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

In the News: Ḥalāl Food

A few weeks ago, Germany's Interior Ministry apologized after serving pork at a conference on Islam in Berlin. Most of the attendees at the conference were apparently Muslim, and under Islamic law, pork is not considered permissible (ḥalāl) to eat. Like other aspects of Islamic law, there are some differences among Islamic legal scholars (and … Continue reading In the News: Ḥalāl Food

Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

This article by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Sherman Jackson, published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, tackles an issue that is often brought up in Islamic law courses as well as the media: how do you define "secular" in Islam? "The Islamic Secular" It is common to assume an inherent conflict between the substance … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Islam and Secularism

In the News: Triple Ṭalāq Criminalized in India

About three months ago, the Indian government formally criminalized “triple ṭalāq” divorce—an instant and irrevocable divorce under some versions of Islamic law where a husband can unilaterally divorce his wife by saying the word ṭalāq (divorce) three times. The Supreme Court of India had ruled last August that the practice of “triple ṭalāq” was unconstitutional. … Continue reading In the News: Triple Ṭalāq Criminalized in India

Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Dec 10th

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times on the political rhetoric of Saudi clerics. A recent conversation with Dr. Abou El Fadl about his book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari‘ah in the Modern Age, is also available here, where he discusses recent events in the … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Dec 10th

In the News: Islamic Burial Traditions

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel recently wrote an article in the Middle East Eye reflecting on current events in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and the historical significance of violating someone’s right to a proper burial. “In Islamic law,” Fadel explains, “burying the dead is a collective obligation—an obligation that falls on the entire community of … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Burial Traditions

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Nov 30th

This week’s issue of the Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Security Design, Incentives, and Islamic Microfinance: Cross Country Evidence" by Yaoyao Fan, Kose John, Hong Liu, and Luqyan Tamanni This study finds that Sharia-compliant microfinance institutions have less credit risk than conventional ones, have better poverty outreach, are less likely … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Nov 30th

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