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

Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Here is a round up of recent books on Islamic studies published by Gorgias Press: Fâtima, Daughter of Muḥammad by Christopher Paul Clohessy "But from the shadows of history and the pages of ancient Arabic texts emerges the picture of a startling and distinctive woman who, far from living on the peripheries of Islam’s beginnings, … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Early Shīʽism and Islamic Intellectual History

Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

In this article from the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Eva Brems, Saïla Ouald Chaib, and Katrijn Vanhees discuss the status of the "burkini" (body covering swimwear) under Belgian law and policy. "'Burkini' Bans in Belgian Municipal Swimming Pools: Banning As a Default Option" Following the French commotion on the presence of “burkini” wearers at … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: “Burkinis” in Belgium

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

In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Last month, Equal Times (a Brussels-based news site) published an article discussing the increase in paternity lawsuits and calls for DNA testing in Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates there are 75,000 paternity cases that are slowly making their way through the family court system. According to the article, the judges in these paternity cases have … Continue reading In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Last month, National Geographic published a photo essay on a Muslim minority community (known as Pomaks) who live in northeastern Greece, in a small, remote region called Western Thrace. What makes this region unique is that it is the only place in the European Union that has Islamic courts that are recognized by the national … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Six scholars and practitioners of Islamic family law and related subjects weigh in on the recent high-profile case of Islamic divorce in the UK, Akhter v. Khan issued by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.  At the tail end of last month, a UK court decided a case of family law that has reverberated … Continue reading FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Need for an Efficient Mechanism to Marry (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

Vishal Vora comments on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. Dr. Vora takes a closer look at Islamic family law in the UK in The … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: The Need for an Efficient Mechanism to Marry (Akhter v. Khan, July 2018)

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