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

In the News: Religious Conversions and Name Changes

This past year, there have been several celebrities and public figures who have announced that they have converted to Islam. As a personal choice, some people who convert also adopt an Arabic name, since Arabic is considered the sacred language of the Qurʾān and many political and religious leaders throughout Islamic history have also had … Continue reading In the News: Religious Conversions and Name Changes

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

Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Human Rights

The Atlantic Council think tank recently published a report called The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse—"a collection of thought provoking articles that aim to elevate the conversation on Islam and human rights beyond the confines of 'compatibility.'" One of the articles was written by SHARIAsource Senior Scholar Mohammad Fadel: "Life, Liberty, and the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Fadel on Human Rights

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: Islamic Veils in France

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Committee (which oversees compliance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) declared that France’s ban on full-face veils violates freedom of religion. According to the 2010 French law, “No one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.” … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Veils in France

Recent Scholarship: Analysis of European Court of Human Rights Free Speech Ruling

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Austria had the right to convict a woman for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. The woman had argued that the Austrian government had violated her freedom of speech under the 1953 European Convention on Human Rights, but the Strasbourg-based court found that the Austrian court had … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Analysis of European Court of Human Rights Free Speech Ruling

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

Recent Scholarship: Cheema and Abbasi on Islamic Family Law in Pakistan

Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema and SHARIAsource South Asia Editor Zubair Abbasi have written a paper on the role of the 150-year-old Lahore High Court—which has jurisdiction over Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab—in developing progressive Islamic family law in the country. "Contribution of the Lahore High Court in the Development of Islamic Family Law in Pakistan" … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Cheema and Abbasi on Islamic Family Law in Pakistan