Contemporary Primary Sources: Response of New Zealand Advertising Standards Complaints Board to Lux Body Wash Ad (1996)

A complaint to the New Zealand Advertising Standards Complaints Board about an arguably Orientalist depiction of a Western woman in an Islamic country for a Lux Body Wash ad. The ruling is of interest for its discussion about the depiction of religion and community standards in New Zealand (at the time) and the level of … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Response of New Zealand Advertising Standards Complaints Board to Lux Body Wash Ad (1996)

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender

Elizabeth H. Shlala, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies  April 4, 2017 |12:30 to 2:00 pm | CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St Cambridge, MA 02138 Elizabeth H. Shlala earned a PhD in History from Georgetown University. She has held academic positions at London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, … Continue reading The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law, and Gender

NY Court Ruling Against a Muslim Man’s Attempt to Unilaterally Divorce His Wife

Abed Awad, U.S. Editor, summarizes one of his recent cases on family law in which the defendant claims his maʿzūn-authenticated ṭalāq defers judgment of the divorce to the Family Court in Egypt. A revocable ṭalāq is not a final divorce to defeat a pending New York divorce action, said the New York Apellate Division The story of Fouad v. … Continue reading NY Court Ruling Against a Muslim Man’s Attempt to Unilaterally Divorce His Wife

Women’s Right to Divorce under Islamic Law in Pakistan and India

Indian Muslim women's rights are once again manifesting as debates about talaq (divorce). Shayara Bano, who holds an advanced degree in sociology, petitioned the Indian Supreme Court last year to rule on the constitutionalism of triple-ṭalāq, in which a Muslim husband may divorce his wife by simply saying "ṭalāq" three times with our without her consent. After she suffered … Continue reading Women’s Right to Divorce under Islamic Law in Pakistan and India

The Treatment of Women: Applying Islamic Law in Greek Thrace

Greek expert Ilker Tsavousoglou (Ghent University) examines developments in Western Thrace, in Greece, to illustrate the complexities of modern legal pluralism where secular states have some jurisdiction for Islamic law. Greece recognizes an Islamic law jurisdiction in Thrace, whereby it accords muftī tribunals – muftīs being expert jurists who typically give advisory opinions in Islamic law – the authority to oversee and enforce Islamic law in the region. To some observers, this … Continue reading The Treatment of Women: Applying Islamic Law in Greek Thrace

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie‘s introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Man Ke (满珂), a female professor at the Northwest Nationalities University, provides yet another perspective based on both her disciplinary background (anthropology) and her location (Lanzhou). In her untitled piece, Man Ke explains that the different “teaching schools” (jiaopai) and … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims”: Interview with Man Ke (Post 5 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Liu Xueqiang (刘学强), a male cleric based in Kaifeng City in Henan Province, writes in his commentary “Islam’s Gender Relations,” that the phenomenon of female clerics originates in the particular historical-cultural environs of the Central Plains of China (i.e., present … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Liu Xueqiang (Post 4 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Ge Caixia (葛彩霞), the female cleric of Fuminli Female Mosque in Zhengzhou and who received her educated both at Arabic schools and at female mosques, opines in her piece “The Legal and Social Bases for the Existence of China’s ‘Female … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims:” Interview with Ge Caixia (Post 3 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)

China editor Matthew Erie's introduction and summary. For further details, see Erie's opening post here.: Mai Fenlian (买粉连), a former cleric who was educated in a female mosque and currently an Arabic instructor at the Xiajia Arabic class in Jiyuan City in Henan Province writes in her commentary “The Legal Basis and Value of the … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Interview with Mai Fenlian (Post 2 of 5)

SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Editor’s Introduction (Post 1 of 5)

An online symposium hosted by SHARIAsource, Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School Edited by Matthew S. Erie, China Editor of SHARIAsource and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford One of the outstanding features of Islam in China is the presence of Chinese Muslim (Hui) female clerics (nü ahong). Women have attained the position … Continue reading SYMPOSIUM: The Legal Basis for Female Clerics among Chinese Muslims: Editor’s Introduction (Post 1 of 5)