NEWS | 20 July 2016
Paul Beran Joins SHARIAsource as Executive Director 
Paul Beran joins SHARIAsource as its executive director. Beran joins SHARIAsource from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and will be drawing from deep wells of experience in leading academic and policy-oriented projects. ILSP Director and SHARIAsource founding editor-in-chief Intisar Rabb expressed her excitement at Beran’s hire and confidence in his contributions and leadership of the ongoing operations. Echoing the sentiment were Jonathan Zittrain and Chris Bavitz,  both faculty directors at Berkman Klein Center, which supports SHARIAsource. Beran joins at a time where SHARIAsource is needed more than ever, and will help shepherd an array of new activities and initiatives in the months ahead.  Read more. Image credit: ILSP
Orlando and the Narrative of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim
South Asia/Pakistan editor Jeff Redding parses the violence and motives behind last month's attack in Orlando. Warning against the media and public's tendency to reduce Muslims to "good" or "bad," Redding's piece encourages readers to think about such attacks within more nuanced frameworks.  Read more.  Image credit: Gillian Blease, patheos.com
No, Newt: Rhetoric Doesn't Change the Law
U.S. editor Abed Awad summarizes the intentional inaccuracy of Newt Gingrich's comments from last Thursday. Like many other current politicians', Gingrich's comments further the mistaken conflation of shari'a and Islamic law.  Read moreImage credit: Reuters
Other News

SHARIAsource Scholars in the News
Senior scholar Noah Feldman writes in the New York Times about what shari'a is. Editor-in-chief Intisar Rabb points out with him the absurdity of Newt Gingrich's political rhetoric in Time magazine. Asifa Quraishi-Landes's Washington Post primer on shari'a and Islamic law disassembles many incorrectly held assumptions of violence and brutality. In a piece for Think Progress Mohammad Fadel's input further weakens politicians' comments.   

Events
U.S. Editor Abed Awad will be conducting two lectures: 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge, 79 th  Annual Conference. CLE Lecturer, Monterrey, California,  Islamic Family Law in American Courts,  July 19, 2016  

Karamah, Washington, D.C.,  Muslim Marriage Contracts in American Courts - Recent Cases,  July 25, 2016

Opportunities
Nadjma Yassaril's research group "Changes in God’s Law: An Inner-Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Law" at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law has a post doc position available starting in October/November 2016. Read more.