SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts

Dr. Nahed Samour, currently an Early Career Fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study, presented her current work on the professionalization of judges in early Islamic courts at SHARIAsource's first lunch talk of the academic year. Using Western theories of professionalizatition, Samour is assessing how jurists in early Islamic court established power and authority. The … Continue reading SHARIAsource Lunch Talk :: Authority through Organization? Professionalization and Bureaucratization at Early Islamic Courts

Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

An upcoming special issue of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion focuses on unregistered Muslim marriages, which was also the topic of a recent SHARIAsource roundtable. The articles reiterate that one of the main challenges with unregistered marriages is that there are certain benefits and state protections that are only available to legally recognized … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

In the News: Islam in China

Last month, thousands of Hui Chinese Muslims gathered for a rare protest against the planned demolition of a mosque. The local authorities claimed that the mosque was bigger than was initially approved, and therefore, eight of its nine domes would be torn down. Up to 30,000 people attend prayers at the mosque. The government's decision … Continue reading In the News: Islam in China

Recent Scholarship: Emon on Islamic Finance

SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Anver Emon is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, and recently contributed an essay on the historical and policy debates concerning Islamic finance. Excerpt: Islamic finance is a field of economic activity that has, since the 1980s, informed a global industry that is variously valued in the billions, if not … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Emon on Islamic Finance

In the News: LGBT Rights in Malaysia

Last week, the news from Malaysia that two women were convicted of same-sex relations and were publicly caned in front of a large crowd prompted international condemnation. The decision was handed down by a sharīʿa court in the state of Terengganu. Under Malaysia’s Constitution, there are two parallel justice systems: the civil/criminal court system that … Continue reading In the News: LGBT Rights in Malaysia

SHARIAsource Senior Scholars’ Round Up: Sept 10th

Last week, SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel was a panelist at an Atlantic Center event on “Rethinking Human Rights and Islam.” In addition, SHARIAsource Egypt and Malaysia Editor Tamir Moustafa has written a new book—Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State—which can be downloaded here from Cambridge University Press.

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Sept 7th

This week's issue of the Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes: "Islam and Women Rights in Pakistan" by Ihsan Yilmaz and Zahid Shahab Ahmed This paper analyzes the impact of two constitutional bodies with the power to perform ijtihād—the Council of Islamic Ideology and the Federal Shariat Court—on women's rights in … Continue reading Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal: Sept 7th

In the News: Headscarves

Last month, the legal and political debate in Europe over Muslim headscarves was reignited after Denmark began implementing a ban on wearing burqas in public, and former UK foreign minister Boris Johnson said that women who wear burqas look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” In the US, the headscarf has been debated by courts … Continue reading In the News: Headscarves

Recent Scholarship: Registration of Muslim Marriages

Last week’s roundtable discussed the registration of Muslim marriages in modern-day UK. For a historical and comparative perspective, read this article in Islamic Law and Society—written by SHARIAsource Russia, Central Asia & Caucasus Editor Rozaliya Garipova—about the registration of Muslim marriages in nineteenth-century Russia. “Married or Not Married? On the Obligatory Registration of Muslim Marriages … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Registration of Muslim Marriages

In the News: Islamic Inheritance Laws

Earlier this month, Tunisia’s President announced in a speech: “I propose equality inheritance to become law.” Currently in Tunisia, men typically inherit double what women inherit. The proposed change has attracted criticism from conservative Muslim groups, who argue that inheritance should be based on the Qurʾān—even though, according to Tunisia’s 2014 Constitution, Islamic law has … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Inheritance Laws