July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens' ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed alarm over reports of rights abuses in Iraq as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) forces have seized control of several cities. Pillay is concerned by reports of extrajudicial killings and summary executions, as well as ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Mohamad, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, offers insight surrounding the challenges surrounding recent "anti-foreign law" legislation and the resulting impact on the Muslim-American community...Sharia law, the multifaceted entity that is known as ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a ...[read more]
August 16, 2013
by Endia Vereen
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Thursday permanently blocked an Oklahoma amendment banning courts from using international or Islamic law. The constitutional amendment would have prevented Oklahoma courts from "lookto the legal precepts of other nations or ...[read more]
July 23, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 23, 2011, Belgium implemented a law banning women from wearing burqas, the Islamic head scarves, in public. Earlier that week, the Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg denounced the legislation. In April 2010, the Belgian House of Representatives had approved ...[read more]
July 6, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On July 6, 2008, Turkey police arrested former generals Sener Eruygur and Hursit Tolon on suspicion of planning to overthrow the government. The two were accused by the country's majority Islamic group, the Justice Development Party (AKP), of belonging to the secular extremist group Ergenekon, a ...[read more]

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