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

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: Sharīʿa Courts in the UK

A recent article in The Huffington Post profiled Dr. Amra Bone, the first female “sharīʿa court” judge in the UK. As a member of the Sharia Council at Birmingham Central Mosque, Dr. Bone hears divorce cases from Muslim couples seeking to get divorced in accordance with their religious traditions (in 2016, she and her colleagues … Continue reading In the News: Sharīʿa Courts in the UK

Commentary: The Prosecution of an Unregistered Married Couple Under the Aceh Islamic Criminal Justice System

By Waskito Jati The case of AM[1] signifies one of the repercussions of the extension of jurisdiction and authority of the sharīʿa court in Aceh. This commentary discusses the indictment of AM which shows the possible prosecution under the Acehnese codified Islamic criminal law (Aceh Qanun No. 6 of 2014) of a person who is … Continue reading Commentary: The Prosecution of an Unregistered Married Couple Under the Aceh Islamic Criminal Justice System

Contemporary Primary Sources: Jantho Sharīʿa Court Indictment for Case No. 28 of 2017: Khalwat and Ikhtilath

This indictment relates to a case involving a defendant with the initials AM who was accused of committing khalwat (being in a close proximity with a man unrelated to her by blood or marriage) and ikhtilath (physical intimacy between an unmarried man and woman). Her neighbors found her to be in close proximity in her … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Jantho Sharīʿa Court Indictment for Case No. 28 of 2017: Khalwat and Ikhtilath

SYMPOSIUM :: On “The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales” by the UK Home Office

Response #1: Blurred Boundaries; Muddied Waters or Multiculturalism Gone Astray? Some reflections on The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales.[1] By Shaheen Sardar Ali Professor of Law, University of Warwick The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales[2] was presented to the UK Parliament … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM :: On “The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales” by the UK Home Office

Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

In this post, Dr. James Baldwin examines a petition sent to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt in 1155 AH (1742-3), concerning a dispute between a Muslim and a Christian in the town of Zifta. The Muslim petitioner attempts to enforce the regulation of the Pact of 'Umar that forbids non-Muslims from having houses taller than … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

Contemporary Primary Sources: Kano State v. Lami Adamu: Ruling on the High Court’s Competence to Apply the Sharia Penal Code

The respondent was charged before the High Court of Kano State for the offense of homicide under the Kano State Sharia Penal Code Law 2000. Arguing that only sharīʿa courts are competent to try offenses arising under the Sharia Penal Code, the respondent challenged the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear the matter. The … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Kano State v. Lami Adamu: Ruling on the High Court’s Competence to Apply the Sharia Penal Code

Commentary: The Principle of Harmonious Interpretation and the Expansion of Federal Shariat Court Jurisdiction in Pakistan

By Noor Zafar This commentary explores the Pakistani Supreme Court's use of the principle of "harmonious interpretation" in order to expand the Federal Shariat Court's jurisdiction. In this post, I will examine a landmark case, Abdul Waheed v. Asma Jehangir, that was brought before the Pakistani Supreme Court and decided in 2004. The Court was … Continue reading Commentary: The Principle of Harmonious Interpretation and the Expansion of Federal Shariat Court Jurisdiction in Pakistan