NEWS | 06 Feb 2017
The Dubai International Financial Centre and a Systems-Based Model for the Regulation of Islamic Finance

UAE editor Paul Lee explains how the Dubai International Financial Centre's systems-based model is one solution for creating a sharīʿa-compliant financial system. "The Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) is a parallel legal system to the legal systems of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE as provided for by a series of federal and local laws. The Constitution of the UAE generally confers exclusive authority to the federal government to regulate enumerated areas including, among other matters, 'civil and commercial transactions and company law,' while conferring residual authority to the individual emirates. However, the UAE amended its Constitution in 2004 to allow for legislation governing the establishment of Financial Free Zones, which are 'exempted from having to apply the rules and regulations of the Union.'” Read more. Image credit: 

LEGISLATION :: Dubai Law No. 12 of 2004: Judicial Authority in the DIFC

This legislation established the Dubai International Financial Centre's court system.   Read more. Image credit: Business Dubai

CASE: Jihad v. Fabian (D. Minn., USA, 2010) 

This case examines religious accommodation of Muslim prisoners in Minnesota prisons. The plaintiff claimed that adequate services were not offered for prayer and dietary requirements.  Read more.Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite | Star Tribune

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Scholars in the News
Senior scholar Noah Feldman frames the executive travel ban as an attack on religious liberty that conflates Muslims with a false conception of sharīʿa as violence and terrorism. Read more.

Public Lecture :: “Egypt: Unfinished Revolution?” (4 pm on 6 Feb 2017 | Cambridge, MA).  Room 102, CMES, 38 Kirkland Street.  Jack Shenker, j ournalist and author of  The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution will speak about his new book.  Khaled Fahmy,  Shawwaf Visiting Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, Professor of History, American University in Cairo will moderate.  Co-sponsored by CMES and SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School

"Prosecuting Radicalization." (12-1 pm 17 Feb 2017 | Cambridge, MA). WCC 3016 at Harvard Law School. Amna Akbar, Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University will discuss will talk about the Obama-era frameworks of counter-radicalization and countering violent extremism, how they have influenced the exercise of federal criminal law at home and abroad, and what all of this suggests for what we might see under President Trump. Co-Sponsored by ILSP: SHARIAsource and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. 

"Panel 2: Courts, Colonialism, & Islamic Law in Africa." Tests, Knowledge, Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa (16-18 Feb 2017 | Cambridge, MA).  Hosted by Harvard University, this conference will feature six panels on Muslim scholarship in Africa. Panel 2 at 11 a.m. on 17 Feb will feature Etty Terem (Rhodes College), Ismail Warscheid (CNRS), Sarah Eltantawi (The Evergreen State College), and Matthew Steele (Harvard University). Read more.

Islamic Legal Studies Program Prize on Islamic Law (Cambridge, MA).  Each year the Law School awards several prizes for the best papers written by Harvard Law School students in particular areas of the law. Graduating prize winners are noted in the Commencement Program and prize-winning papers are eligible to be published in the School’s public paper series. ILSP will award a prize of $1,000 annually to the Harvard Law School student writing the best paper in the field of Islamic law or on the intersection between other religious legal traditions and Islamic law. Papers eligible for consideration will be ones written during the current academic year, addressing any topic in Islamic legal history and theory, Islamic law and society, and Islamic comparative law – including these topics as related to other religious legal traditions. Papers are due in the Office of Academic Affairs (Lewis 208) 5 pm 28 Apr 2017Read more.

Call for Papers for McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Symposium: Islam in Conversation (26-27 Apr 2017 | Montreal). McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council invites submissions on intellectual debates, (inter)religious encounters and dialogue, hermeneutics and semiotics, and materials and methodologies. Islamic law scholars may want to consider their subject for a potentially fruitful hermeneutics and semiotics discussion. Abstracts and CVs due 15 Feb 2017Read more.

Call for Papers for MESA's 51st Annual Meeting (18-21 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC). MESA invites submissions from its members for its 51st annual meeting. Submissions may be in the form of pre-organized panels, pre-organized roundtables, or individual papers (to be formed into panels by the program committee). Submissions due 15 Feb 2017 . Read more.

2017 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition (1 Jan - 1 Mar 2017). Submissions are now being accepted for Law & Social Inquiry 's annual competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of law and social science written by a graduate or law student.  Law & Social Inquiry  publishes empirical and theoretical studies of sociolegal processes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Entries due 1 Mar 2017 . Read more .

Temple Bar Scholarships (2-27 Oct 2017 | London). The Temple Bar Foundation is accepting applications for its scholarship program. Selected scholars will have the opportunity to shadow a barrister and observe and discuss English trial practice, spend time with a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, observe appellate arguments, discuss legal issues with the country’s highest judges. Applications due 30 Apr 2017 . Read more.

International Conference on Transnational Families and Divorce: Revisiting Marital Break-Up in Times of Global (Im)mobilities) (27-29 Sep 2017 | Nijmegen). This conference examines transnational divorce, as its causes, processes, and after-effects increasingly take place across national and socio-cultural borders. It takes into account the different socio-legal and cultural contexts within which it occurs, notably how state policies influence the process of marital dissolution.  We particularly welcome papers from young scholars in the field of socio-legal studies, sociology,  anthropology, history, and other disciplines. We also encourage studies that employ a transnational  and/or intersectional approach (Crenshaw 1989) paying attention to structuring factors such as  gender, class, race and ethnicity. After the conference, selected papers will be published as parts of  an edited volume on transnational families and divorce. Abstracts due 30 Apr 2017  Read more.

Al-Qasimi Chair (Professor/Associate Professor) in Islamic Studies, IAIS, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK).  The post holder will be a leading international figure with the ability to attract high quality researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level to the Islamic Studies research group. Any area of Islamic Studies is an appropriate specialism including (but not limited to) history, theology, philosophy, literature, mysticism, law, jurisprudence, art and architecture, art history, anthropology and sociology, digital humanities, and any period of the study of Islam. Applications due 1 May 2017 Read more.

Engagement Lab @ Emerson College: MA in Civic Media, Art, and Practice (Boston, MA).  For those who have an interest in digital Islamic law/humanities, and want graduate training to better prepare for an academic or industry career in the field, the Engagement Lab is accepting applications for their graduate program.  Read more.

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