SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

Aaron Spevack, SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow 2018-2019, spoke on his current research into legal patchworking (talfīq). He examined debates for and against this legal tool, its role in the creation of sharīʿa-compliant financial instruments within Islamic law, the potential individual harms it can inflict, along with the potential social good. The event was livetweeted and may … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: The Social Impact of Legal Patchworking (Talfīq)

SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 30th

SHARIAsource U.S. Editor Abed Awad was recently awarded the “Outstanding Scholar Award” by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association for his work on complex matrimonial cases and Islamic family law. In addition, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar David Powers recently wrote a book review of a new translation of the Qurʾān in Review of Qur’anic Research.

SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Wael Hallaq has written a new book: Restating Orientalism: A Critique of Modern Knowledge. The book “reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism,” and “exposes the depth of academia’s lethal complicity in modern forms of capitalism, colonialism, and hegemonic power.” In addition, Senior Scholar Noah Feldman published an op-ed in Bloomberg News … Continue reading SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 23rd

Islamic Legal Studies Program Affiliates’ Round Up: July 9th

ILSP affiliate Tarek Masoud was featured in The Conversation discussing the compatibility of religion and democracy. The Independent referenced ILSP affiliate Nadia Marzouki in discussing France and its aversion towards Islamic head coverings. Mada Masr, an Egyptian online newspaper, interviewed ILSP affiliate Khaled Fahmy on the Six-Day War on its 50th anniversary in Egypt. ILSP Faculty Affiliates are members of a broader community … Continue reading Islamic Legal Studies Program Affiliates’ Round Up: July 9th

SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 2nd

The Toronto Star turned to SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl in its article on the creation of Saudi Wahhabism. SHARIAsource U.S. Editor Abed Awad discussed the history of Ramadan in the United States this past month. The National Review referred to SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Noah Feldman's commentary on applying the First Amendment to … Continue reading SHARIAsource Editors and Senior Scholars’ Round Up: July 2nd

CASE: Farooq Siddiqui v. Mst. Farzana Naheed (Federal Shariat Court, Pakistan): Judgment on Surrogacy

A baby produced through medical intervention by the sperm and egg of duly wedded couples (without involving a third party) is permissible under Islamic law. However, surrogacy is not allowed because marriage is the only means through which children should be produced under Islamic law. Surrogacy is likely to give rise to innumerable legal problems regarding … Continue reading CASE: Farooq Siddiqui v. Mst. Farzana Naheed (Federal Shariat Court, Pakistan): Judgment on Surrogacy

Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, asserts that "Arab constitutions are not abnormally religious," even though they legally integrate religion in different ways. "Religion appears in the constitutions of the Arab world, almost all with Muslim majorities, in a variety of … Continue reading Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Vinewood Capital v. Dar al-Maal al-Islami Trust (5th Cir. 2008)

We use real cases to show how U.S. Courts consider Islamic law. Like any other legal framework, Islamic law defines and dignifies the institutions people hold dear, including marriage and finance. What do American judges do when adjudicating a case in which at least one party primarily understands these institutions and their protections through Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Vinewood Capital v. Dar al-Maal al-Islami Trust (5th Cir. 2008)

Institute of Advanced Study: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal

Launch of "The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal." (11 Apr 2017 | New York, New York). The Institute of Advanced Study's launch event of "The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal" will be on April 11, 2017 at the residence of the German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Register here for the event. … Continue reading Institute of Advanced Study: The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition: A Digital Portal

Gender Issues Are a National Problem, Not Just a Muslim Problem: A Response to Baroness Cox’s Statement

Guest contributor Hadeer Soliman counters Baroness Cox's statement proposing Amernment 219(C) to the Policing and Crime Bill. This bill "would require celebrants of religious marriages to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the marriage complies with the marriage laws of England and Wales. Baroness Cox, a cross-bench member of the UK House of Lords, recently proposed … Continue reading Gender Issues Are a National Problem, Not Just a Muslim Problem: A Response to Baroness Cox’s Statement