In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

A ban on face coverings in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks has once again highlighted the issue of restrictions on religious freedoms in response to public safety concerns. According to the ban: No person shall wear in any public place any garment, clothing or such other material concealing the full face which will … Continue reading In the News: Sri Lanka’s Emergency Law

Round Table :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Katarzyna Sidło (Center for Social and Economic Research) organized a PIL Forum Roundtable on the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend inheritance laws. She introduces the Roundtable by noting that, under the country’s current Personal Status Code – passed in 1956 – Tunisian citizens may not “allocate their inheritance freely and must … Continue reading Round Table :: Tunisian Inheritance Law Reform

Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law) takes a pragmatic approach that helps explain why Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi’s 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws has raised so much controversy: "While the new law, if implemented, may not make a substantial tangible difference in people’s lives – especially given the ease with … Continue reading Thoughts on the Draft Tunisian Inheritance Reform Legislation

Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Katarzyna Sidło's (CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research) analysis of the Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi's 2017 proposal to amend Tunisian inheritance laws examines the issue with an economic lens. The common argument defending the traditional rules and upholding this type of legal gender discrimination in Tunisia is an interpretation of a Qurʾānic … Continue reading Because They “Spend of Their Property” No More? An Economic Perspective on Inheritance Rights

Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

  The latest issue of the Journal of Law and Society includes an article about the relationship between colonialism and modern-day French laws against Muslim women's dress: "Of Bodies and Burkinis: Institutional Islamophobia, Islamic Dress, and the Colonial Condition" by Brayson Kimberley Excerpt: "Shifting legal justifications of gender oppression and national security simultaneously obfuscate and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Burkinis and Islamophobia; LGBT Rights at the OIC

In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

Last week, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper published an interview (free registration may be required to read the full article) with Seyran Ates, who in 2017 established a mosque in Germany where men and women pray side by side, and women can lead the prayers. The interview focused on Islamic identity in Europe, and specifically Ates’ … Continue reading In the News: “Politicization” of Islamic Law in Europe

In the News: Female Sharīʿa Court Judges

At the end of last year, the BBC compiled a list of “100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.” One of those women was Nenney Shushaidah, who made international headlines in 2016 after she and her colleague became Malaysia’s first female sharīʿa high court judges. In an interview with the BBC, Judge Shushaidah … Continue reading In the News: Female Sharīʿa Court Judges

Recent Scholarship: Abbasi on Islamic Divorce Law

The latest issue of SSRN's Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes the following article by SHARIAsource South Asia Editor Zubair Abbasi: "From Faskh to Khula: Transformation of Muslim Women’s Right to Divorce in Pakistan (1947-2017)" In the article, Abbasi traces the transformation of women's right to divorce in Pakistani courts over … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Abbasi on Islamic Divorce Law

Recent Scholarship: Special Journal Issue on Khulʿ

The latest issue of Brill's Islamic Law and Society explores khulʿ practices in the modern world. Khulʿ is a type of Islamic divorce procedure. Although it usually refers to a type of divorce initiated by the wife, the articles below highlight many regional differences, including in the role of the husband and the role of … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Special Journal Issue on Khulʿ

Recent Scholarship: Jackson on Gender in Islamic Studies

In the most recent issue of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Sherman Jackson wrote about the responsibilities of male scholars in acknowledging the perspectives and experiences of Muslim women: "The Alchemy of Domination, 2.0?" Excerpt: In her critical essay, “The Omnipresent Male Scholar,” Professor Kecia Ali sets out to call … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Jackson on Gender in Islamic Studies