Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Nov 12th

Last week, US constitutional law professor and SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Asifa Quraishi-Landes wrote about the midterm elections, asking whether Muslim American voters should be guided by sharīʿa or the public good, or both. Quraishi-Landes was also one of the “thought leaders and change-makers” who was invited to speak at the 2018 Muslim Public Affairs Council … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholars’ Round Up: Nov 12th

Case Note: Sarsour v. Trump (E.D. Va. 2017): Upholding the “Muslim Ban” 2.0

Contributed by Katherine Gonzalez. On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a revised Executive Order which barred, with certain exceptions, entry to the United States of nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries, suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days, and reduced the number of refugees who can be admitted to the United … Continue reading Case Note: Sarsour v. Trump (E.D. Va. 2017): Upholding the “Muslim Ban” 2.0

EVENT: The JFK Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan at the Harvard Kennedy School's JFK Jr. Forum on February 15th, co-sponsored by ILSP: SHARIAsource. Though the crowd numbered far less than the Democratic National Convention's, Khan was no less eloquent. He recounted for the crowd his experience leading up to the Democratic National Convention and its aftermath. Under Intisar Rabb's, Harvard Law School Professor … Continue reading EVENT: The JFK Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

ELECTION DAY 2016 :: Civil Rights Sharīʿa and the Elections as a Part of the American Political Process

On election day 2016, Professor Intisar Rabb, SHARIAsource founding editor-in-chief, reflects on the notion of “civil rights sharīʿa”: the role that Islamic law has historically played in honoring and pressing for shared commitments to justice and equality under the law. Modern American history already exemplifies this notion in the legacy of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died as … Continue reading ELECTION DAY 2016 :: Civil Rights Sharīʿa and the Elections as a Part of the American Political Process

Is Sharīʿa: Medieval or Modern? (NPR Interview with Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl)

In a recent interview aired on NPR, senior scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl disentangles historically-grounded definitions of sharīʿa from public misunderstandings of it. The problems fueling those popular misunderstanding are twofold. First, there is a conceptual problem. Most of the public does not know what sharīʿa means. On a basic level, he defines it as … Continue reading Is Sharīʿa: Medieval or Modern? (NPR Interview with Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl)

CASE WATCH: The ECJ Reviews Opposite Decisions of Employment Discrimination over Wearing Headscarves: What’s at Stake?

Editor-in-Chief Intisar Rabb comments on guest writer Erica Howard's discussion of the ECJ's forthcoming decision. Guest writer Erica Howard discusses the decision facing the European Court of Justice on two cases concerning headscarves worn by Muslim women at work in Belgium and France, respectively, in accord with their beliefs and practice of Islamic law. Two advocates general heard the … Continue reading CASE WATCH: The ECJ Reviews Opposite Decisions of Employment Discrimination over Wearing Headscarves: What’s at Stake?

LEGISLATION COMMENT: When State Legislative Bans on Islamic Law Contravene Federal Constitutional Law

Guest poster Saeed A. Khan writes about how "anti-Sharia" bills are often used as tools to push through other legislation. This piece was first published in the Detroit Free Press on July 20th under the title, "Stop Attempts to Build Bigotry into the Law." It has been re-posted here with the author and the Free Press's permission.   … Continue reading LEGISLATION COMMENT: When State Legislative Bans on Islamic Law Contravene Federal Constitutional Law

No, Newt: Anti-Sharīʿa Rhetoric Doesn’t Change the Law

US Editor Abed Awad summarizes the inaccuracy of Newt Gingrich's proposal. Newt Gingrich told Fox News in an interview last Thursday that “Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in shari’a they should be deported.” Gingrich continued, “Shari’a is incompatible with Western … Continue reading No, Newt: Anti-Sharīʿa Rhetoric Doesn’t Change the Law