In December 2021, a Muslim woman in Quebec, Canada lost her teaching position because she refused to remove her hijab in the classroom. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, despite his personal disagreement with the law that cost her a job, would not intervene in this “touchy subject,” as the bill under discussion was voted in democratically. This is the latest from a multi-year saga of the formation of the law aptly titled, An Act respecting the laicity of the State.  It is important to challenge the very premise that laïcité is a force for a just and plural society. Continue reading Religious Symbols, Liberalism, and Laïcité in Quebec
In early September, the nation’s strictest abortion law went into effect in Texas . . . Among the controversy that has ensued since, self-identifying American liberals responded by making comparisons to the Taliban, the sharīa, and Islam. Continue reading Sharia and the Texas Abortion Law
The political establishment, left and right, perceives Muslims and their continued adherence to Islam as not only a danger to the French Fifth Republic but also an affront to French secularism known as Laïcité … As the state turns the screw on all Muslims through the passing of new draconian legislation, its experiment will serve as a blueprint for other European countries. Continue reading A Very French Inquisition
The best way to understand the object of the study of Uṣūl is to imagine yourself in the position of a scholar who is tasked with finding answers to legal questions. Before you embark on finding answers to legal questions, there are a number of preliminary matters you must determine. Continue reading A Primer On Islamic Legal Theory (Uṣūl Al-Fiqh)
Lorsqu’il est question de la loi islamique, en particulier dans un contexte propice à la polémique, elle est habituellement abordé d’un angle moral ou pratique. Continue reading L’aspect esthétique de la loi islamique
The Shari’ah is best distinguished from Islamic law. Islamic law, usul-al-fiqh, consists of four separate sources: the Qur’an, Hadith, the consensus of the Islamic community and analogical reasoning. Continue reading Mughal India: The Role of Law in Life
A Book Review of Prohibitions of the Tongue by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, and what the Islamic ethical framework demands of Muslims. Continue reading What’s Missing From Today’s Ethical Mindset?
When Islamic law is discussed, particularly in a polemical context, it is usually evaluated from either a moral or a practical angle. Continue reading The Aesthetics of Islamic Law