Middle East Eye: Fear of Sharia: Harvard project aims to shed light on Islamic law

From The Middle East Eye on May 4th, 2017 "BOSTON, Massachusetts – As the United States continues to grapple with growing Islamophobia, Harvard Law School has launched a “flagship research venture” to organise the world’s information on Islamic law: SHARIAsource. The project aims to provide a repository for scholars, journalists and policy makers, by making knowledge freely available, Sharon … Continue reading Middle East Eye: Fear of Sharia: Harvard project aims to shed light on Islamic law

Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, asserts that "Arab constitutions are not abnormally religious," even though they legally integrate religion in different ways. "Religion appears in the constitutions of the Arab world, almost all with Muslim majorities, in a variety of … Continue reading Comparing the Religion-State Divide in the Arab World: Constitutions

INTISAR RABB SELECTED AS 2017–2018 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW

Cambridge, Mass.—The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Intisar Rabb to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow. A Radcliffe Institute fellowship can propel the career of a junior scientist, foster a year of creativity for a mid-career artist, give a diplomat time to write, and provide an established scientist with a chance … Continue reading INTISAR RABB SELECTED AS 2017–2018 RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOW

Recent Scholarship in Islamic Law and Society

Compiled by Maliheh Zare (JSD Candidate, New York University School of Law) for the Islamic Law and Society Collaborative Research Network. ISLAMIC LAW AND SOCIETY NEWSLETTER FALL and WINTER 2016-17 The contributors to this edition are Matthew Erie, Iza Hussin, Mirjam Kuenkler, Tamir Moustafa, Michael Peletz, and Daromir Rudnyckyj. In addition to publication information, the … Continue reading Recent Scholarship in Islamic Law and Society

The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

On April 25th, SHARIAsource Fellow, Dr. Sohaira Siddiqui, at the Islamic Legal Studies Program used the 1881 case of Fidayat ul-Nissa and others  v. Muhammad Ismail Khan (India) to frame her discussion of the creation of Anglo-Muhammadan law. Like the other five cases that she has researched during her fellowship this year, this case  demonstrates the complexity of … Continue reading The Transformation of Anglo-Muhammadan Law: Muslims on British Benches

Job Opening: Associate Director Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies & Mediterranean Studies Forum Stanford Global Studies Division

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum (both part of the Stanford Global Studies Division) are academic hubs that foster academic events, research, and teaching related to Islamic Studies and Mediterranean Studies at Stanford University. The Abbasi Program’s mandate also includes deepening the public understanding of Islam and … Continue reading Job Opening: Associate Director Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies & Mediterranean Studies Forum Stanford Global Studies Division

Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and His Neglected Views on Islamic Law

  Islamic Legal Studies Program SHARIAsource / Fulbright Fellow Dr. Mubasher Hussain introduced the work of Shah Waliullah Dehlavi to the Harvard community on 17 April 2017. Hussain discussed Shah Waliullah often-overlooked thoughts on Islamic jurisprudence, focusing on the ways in which he differentiated between scholars of Islamic law labeled “first rank independent muftis” and … Continue reading Shah Waliullah Dehlavi and His Neglected Views on Islamic Law

What Does it Mean for U.S. Court Decisions to be “Based On” Islamic Law?

SHARIAsource editor Will Smiley questions the strength of the arguments behind proposed "anti-sharīʿa" legislation in Montana, including claims of Islamic law undermining American law. Americans continue to debate, as they have since at least 2010, whether states should ban their courts from considering Islamic law, or “foreign” law more generally, in their decisions. Montana’s pending SB 97, … Continue reading What Does it Mean for U.S. Court Decisions to be “Based On” Islamic Law?

Country Profile: Albania

SHARIAsource provides basic overviews of the legal history and institutional structures of various countries. These profiles examine the legal status of Islamic law in the nation's constitution. View Albania's profile. Excerpt: This Country Profile provides a basic overview of the legal history and institutional structures of the Republic of Albania (Republika e Shqipërisë), which is … Continue reading Country Profile: Albania