Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World

The Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series is a project of New York Law School and the Social Science Research Network.

The only Social Science Research Network (SSRN) journal that focuses on this area of law, the Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series at New York Law School is a unique forum—multidisciplinary, international, and instantly accessible—for posting and locating current scholarship in the field. Abstracts, works in progress, and completed scholarly works on any matter of public or private law, legal theory, legal history, or legal policy or practice that relates to the modern or pre-modern Muslim world are welcome.

The series is edited by Sadiq Reza (New York Law School) and supported by a distinguished advisory board that consists of:

Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA)
Azizah al-Hibri (University of Richmond)
Nathan Brown (George Washington University)
Wael Hallaq (McGill)
Bernard Haykel (Princeton)
Mohammad Hashim Kamali (International Islamic University, Malaysia)
Ann Elizabeth Mayer (University of Pennsylvania)
David Powers (Cornell)
Abdulaziz A. Sachedina (Virginia)
Frank Vogel (formerly Harvard)


Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World is an interdisciplinary forum for posting abstracts, works-in-progress, and completed scholarly works on any matter of public or private law, legal theory, legal practice or policy that bears on the modern or pre-modern Muslim world, such as studies of:

  • Topics in classical or contemporary shari’a;
  • Legal theory, practice, institutions, or actors in pre-modern Muslim regions;
  • Domestic law or practice in modern Muslim-majority nations, or in non-Muslim-majority nations insofar as it affects or relates to Muslims;
  • International law or practice that affects or relates to Muslim-majority nations or to Muslims.

Contributions are welcome from scholars of law, history, religion, political science, international affairs or regional studies, gender studies, economics or finance, and any other discipline from which pertinent scholarship arises.


The Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series: Archives: Volume 1

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (December 21, 2007)

No. 07-06
Iraqi High Court Authority: A State-Practice Review of the Source of High Court Authority and an Assessment of 2005 Iraq Constitution,” Matthew T. Simpson, Public International Law & Policy GroupHobart and William Smith Colleges Public Affairs Journal

No. 07-05
Iranian Judicial System (Court’s Structure),” Ehsan Zarrokh, Ashrafi Esfahani University

No. 07-04
The Overlooked Costs of Religious Deference,” Robin Fretwell Wilson, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 4, 2007
Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-24

No. 07-03
Advocacy under Islam and Common Law,” Ali Kahn, Washburn University School of Law
San Diego Law Review, Vol. 45, 2008

No. 07-02
International Islamic Banking,” Shahid Saleem, University of Punjab (PAKISTAN) – CIMA (U.K.)

No. 07-01
(Mis)Appropriated Liberty: Identity, Gender Justice, and Muslim Personal Law Reform in India,” Cyra Akila Choudhury, Florida International University College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 969020
Florida International University Legal Studies Research
Paper No. 07-11
Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 2007

The Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series: Archives: Volume 2

Vol. 2, Issue 8 (October 30th, 2008)

No. 08-48
“Sources of Moral Obligation to Non-Muslims in the Fiqh Al-Aqaliyyat (Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities) Discourse,” Andrew F. March, Yale University, 2008

No. 08-47
“Islamic Hedging: Gambling or Risk Management?,” Saadiah Mohamad, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
21st Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2008 Paper

No. 08-46
“The Diaspora Paradox: Integrating International Legal Norms into Domestic Law to Protect the Rights of Middle Eastern Diasporas,” Christopher Scott Maravilla, 2008

No. 08-45
“Sulh: A Crucial Part of Islamic Arbitration,” Aseel Al-Ramahi
LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 12/2008

No. 08-44
“Theocratic Constitutionalism: An Introduction to a New Global Legal Ordering,” Larry Cata Backer, Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2008

No. 08-43
“War and Peace: Negotiating Meaning in Islam,” Robert Perry Barnidge, University of Reading – School of Law
Critical Studies on Terrorism
 (preprint), Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 263-278, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 7 (September 25th, 2008)

No. 08-42
“Limiting the Regulation of Islamic Finance: Lessons from Dubai,” Andrew Henderson, Clifford Chance LLP
Law and Financial Markets Review,
 Vol. 1, No. 3, 2008

No. 08-41
“Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Articulation of Islamic Law: A Comparative Analysis of Egypt and Pakistan,” Shoaib A. Ghias, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2008

No. 08-40
“Uniform Civil Code and Adoption Laws in India,” Sharda Sharma, Chanakya National Law University, 2008

No. 08-39
“The Future of Palestinian Women’s Rights: Lessons from a Half-Century of Tunisian Progress,” Adrien K. Wing, University of Iowa – College of Law, and Hisham A. Kassim, Kalbian Hagerty, LLP – Law Clerk
Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 64, 2007
U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper 
No. 08-22

No. 08-38
“The Islamic Veil and Freedom of Religion, the Rights to Education and Work: A Survey of Recent International and National Cases,” Manisuli Ssenyonjo, Brunel University – School of Sciences and Law
Chinese Journal of International Law, Vol. 6, Issue 3, p. 653-710, 2007

No. 08-37
“Between Allan Christelow, Paul H. Robinson and Adnan Zulfiqar; Abdullahi A. An Na’Im, Sanusi L. Sanusi and Asifa Quraishi: Rationalizing the Concept of Inventing New Forms in Islamic (Sharia) Law in Nigeria,”
 Aminu Adamu Bello, University of Abuja, Nigeria, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 6 (August 18, 2008)

No. 08-36
Politics of the Veil,” Cyra Akila Choudhury, Florida International University College of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
Journal of Law and Religion, 2008

No. 08-35
Empowerment or Estrangement? Liberal Feminism’s Vision of the ‘Progress’ of Muslim Women,” Cyra Akila Choudhury, Florida International University College of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

No. 08-34
A Bill of Rights as the Basis of a Common Law in a Pluralist Nigeria,” Enyinna S. Nwauche, Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) – Faculty of Law, Centre For African Legal Studies
African Journal of Legal Theory, Vol. 1, p. 45, 2007

No. 08-33
Is Secularism Possible in a Majority-Muslim Country?: The Turkish Example,” ADRIEN K. WING, University of Iowa – College of Law; Ozan O. Varol, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2007
U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-17

No. 08-32
The Moral Hazard of Anti-Terrorism Financing Measures: A Potential to Compromise Civil Societies and National Interests,” Nina J. Crimm, St. John’s University – School of Law
Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 43, 2008
St. John’s Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0139

No. 08-31
Children and Religious Expression in School: A Comparative Treatment of the Veil and Other Religious Symbols in Western Democracies.” CHILDREN IN THE DISCOURSES OF RELIGION AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS, Martha Fineman and Karen Worthington, eds., Ashgate Press, Forthcoming.
Catherine J. Ross, George Washington University – Law School
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 408

Vol. 2, Issue 5 (July 11, 2008)

No. 08-30
Who Says Shari’a Demands the Stoning of Women? A Description of Islamic Law and Constitutionalism,” Asifa Quraishi, University of Wisconsin Law School
Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law, Vol. 1, pp. 163-177, 2008
Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1059

No. 08-29
Muslim-Americans’ Charitable Giving Dilemma: What About a Centralized Terror-Free Donor Advised Fund?” Nina J. Crimm, St. John’s University – School of Law
Roger Williams Law Review, Symposium Issue, Vol. 13, 2008
St. John’s Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-131

No. 08-28
Images of the Arab World and Middle East, Debates About Development and Regional Integration,” Michael Fakhri, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law

No. 08-27
Undressing Difference: The Hijab in the West,” Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School
U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 08-18
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, 2008

No. 08-26
Baghdad Booksellers, Basra Carpet Merchants, and the Law of God and Man: Legal Pluralism and the Contemporary Muslim Experience” Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Columbia University Law School
U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-14
Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law (Inaugural Issue), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2008

No. 08-25
Suspect Symbols: Value Pluralism as a Theory of Religious Freedom in International Law,” Peter Danchin, University of Maryland School of Law
Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 1-61, Winter 2008
U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-42

Vol. 2, Issue 4 (June 20, 2008)

No. 8-24
Of Prophets and Proselytes: Freedom of Religion and the Conflict of Rights in International Law,” Peter Danchin, University of Maryland School of Law
Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 49, 2008
U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-43

No. 08-23
If Amina Lawal Had Failed: Issues in Constitutional and Islamic Criminal Law in Nigeria,” Aminu Adamu Bello, University of Abuja, Nigeria

No. 08-22
Succession to Copyright Ownership under the Nigerian Laws,” Aminu Adamu Bello, University of Abuja, Nigeria

No. 08-21
The Recognition of Muslim Personal Laws in South Africa: Implications of Women’s Human Rights,” Rashida Manjoo, University of Cape Town

No. 08-20
Enhancement Technologies and the Person: An Islamic View,” Shahid Athar, Indiana University School of Medicine, Islamic Medical Association of North America

No. 08-19
The Advantage to Islam of Mosque-State Separation: What the American Founders Can Teach,” Alexander Benard, Affiliation Unknown
Policy Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 3 (May 8, 2008)

No. 08-18
Riba, Efficiency, and Prudential Regulation: Preliminary Thoughts,” Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Wisconsin International Law Journal, Forthcoming

No. 08-17
Multiculturalism and Family Law: The Case of Greek Muslims,” Aspasia Tsaoussis, ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens University of Economics & Business; Eleni Zervogianni, University of Piraeus – Faculty of International and European Studies
European Challenges In Contemporary Family Law, Katharina Boele-Woelki and Tone Sverdrup, eds., pp. 209-239, Intersentia, 2008

No. 08-16
Endorsing Discrimination between Faiths: A Case of Extreme Speech?” John Finnis, University of Oxford – Faculty of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Extreme Speech and Democracy, Forthcoming
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09/2008
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 08-08

No. 08-15
Big Love: Is Feminist Polygamy an Oxymoron or a True Possibility?” Michele Alexandre, Affiliation Unknown
Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2007

No. 08-14
Khul’: Between Past and Present,” Mida R. Zantout, McGill University – Institute of Islamic Studies

No. 08-13
Islamic Finance and Securitization: Man-Made Tale or Reality,” Bushan K. Jomadar, University of Westminster – School of Law

Vol. 2, Issue 2 (March 20, 2008)

No. 08-12
Reforming Legal Reform in Francophone Africa: World Bank’ Project Experience,” Hans-Werner Wabnitz

No. 08-11
Endless Emergency: The Case of Egypt,” Sadiq Reza, New York Law School, Boston University School of Law
New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, p. 532, 2007
Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 08-12

No. 08-10
Printing and Interest Restrictions in Islam & Christianity: An Economic Theory of Inhibitive Law Persistence,” Jared Rubin, California State University, Fullerton

No. 08-09
The Limits of Constitutionalism in the Muslim World: History and Identity in Islamic Law,” Anver M. Emon, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, Forthcoming

No. 08-08
The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law,” Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2008
University of Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 977206

No. 08-07
Islamic Law and Society Post-9/11,” Susan F. Hirsch, George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)
Annual Review of Law & Social Science, Vol. 2, December 2006

Vol. 2, Issue 1 (February 14, 2008)

No. 08-06
Egypt’s Constitutional Test: Averting the March Toward Islamic Fundamentalism,” Hany Besada, Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI)
CIGI Working Paper No. 28

No. 08-05
Catharine Mackinnon May Not Be Enough: Legal Change and Religion in Catholic and Sunni Jurisprudence,” Russell Powell, Seattle University School of Law
Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2007

No. 08-04
Limitations on Religion in a Liberal Democratic Polity: Christianity and Islam in the Public Order of the European Union,” Ronan McCrea, European Institute, London School of Economics
LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 18/2007

No. 08-03
Islamic Constitutionalism,” Said Amir Aarjomand, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Annual Review of Law & Social Science, Vol. 3, December 2007

No. 08-02
Regulating Places of Worship in Indonesia: Upholding Freedom of Religion for Religious Minorities?” Melissa Crouch, University of Melbourne Law School
Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 96-116, July 2007

No. 08-01
Dhimmitude and Disarmament,” David B. Kopel, Independence Institute
George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (CRLJ), Forthcoming

The Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series: Archives: Volume 3

Vol. 3, Issue 4 (August 6, 2009)

No. 09-72
Political Liberalism, Islamic Family Law and Family Law Pluralism: Lessons from New York on Family Law Arbitration,” Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Marriage And Divorce In A Multicultural Context: Reconsidering The Boundaries Of Civil Law And Religion, Joel A. Nichols, ed., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

No. 09-71
Honor Killings and Cultural Defense (with a Special Focus on Germany),” Daniel Kroslak, University of Trnava, Faculty of Law
Míľniky Práva v Stredoeurópskom Priestore, 2009

No. 09-70
Do Education and Income Affect Support for Democracy in Muslim Countries? Evidence from the Pew Global Attitudes Project,” M. Najeeb Shafiq, Indiana University
Economics of Education Review, Forthcoming

No. 09-69
Is Sharif’s Castle Deductible?: Islam and the Tax Treatment of Mortgage Debt,” Roberta F. Mann, University of Oregon School of Law
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 17, pp. 1139-1169, 2009

No. 09-68
The Rights of Muslim Women in the Middle East: A Pathfinder,” Lauren E. Schroeder, University of Houston Law Center

No. 09-67
Binding Precedent and Shari’a/Islamic Law in Nigeria: An Attempt at a Civil-Criminal Distinction,” Aminu Adamu Bello, University of Abuja, Nigeria

Vol. 3 Issue 3 (July 23, 2009)

No. 09-66
The Indian Dimension of An-Na’im’s Islam and the Secular State,” Prakash Shah, Queen Mary University of London, School of Law
Islam And Europe: Crises Are Challenges, Marie-Claire Foblets & Jean-Yves Carlier, eds., Leuven University Press, 2009

No. 09-65
The Islamic Headscarf: Does Context Matter?” María Fraile Ortiz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
InDret, Vol. 3, 2008

No. 09-64
A Critical Appraisal of Triple Divorce in Islamic Law,” Nehaluddin Ahmad
International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 53-61, 2009

No. 09-63
Islamic Bond Issuance – What Sovereign Debt Managers Need To Know,” Andreas A. Jobst, International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Monetary And Capital Markets Department (MCM); Peter Kunzel, International Monetary Fund (IMF); Paul S. Mills, International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Western Hemisphere Department; Amadou N. R. Sy, International Monetary Fund (IMF) – International Capital Markets Department
International Journal Of Islamic And Middle Eastern Finance And Management, Vol. 1, No. 4, Pp. 330-344, 2008

No. 09-62
Back to the Future: The Paradoxical Revival of Aspirations for an Islamic State,” Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Review of Constitutional Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2009

No. 09-61
Are Secularism and Neutrality Attractive to Religious Minorities? Islamic Discussions of Western Secularism in the ‘Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities’ (Fiqh Al-Aqalliyyat) Discourse,” Andrew F. March, Yale University
Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 2821-2854, 2009

Vol. 3 Issue 2 (March 26, 2009)

No. 09-60
Objection, Your Honour! Accommodating Niqab-Wearing Women in Courtrooms,” Natasha Bakht, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law

No. 09-59
A Cause Celebre on Article 44: An Attempt Towards Unifying Diversity in the Jungle of Personal Laws Prevailing in the Indian Democracy,” Aakarsh Kamra

No. 09-58
Iranian Legal System and Human Rights Protection,” Ehsan Zar Rokh, University of Tehran; M. Rahman Gaeini

No. 09-57
Islamic Financial Institutions and Corporate Governance: New Insights for Agency Theory,” ASSEM M. SAFIEDDINE, American University of Beirut – School of Business
Corporate Governance: An International Review, Forthcoming

No. 09-56
Wearing Thin: Restrictions on Islamic Headscarves and Other Religious Symbols,” BEN SAUL, University of Sydney – Faculty of Law
Forced Migration, Human Rights And Security, J. McAdam, ed., pp. 181-212, Hart Publishing, UK, 2008

No. 09-55
From the Hudood Ordinances to the Protection of Women Act: Islamic Critiques of the Hudood Laws of Pakistan,” Abdul Rahman Mustafa; Moeen Hayat Cheema, ANU College of Law
UCLA Journal of Near Eastern and Islamic Law, Forthcoming

Vol. 3 Issue 1 (February 4, 2009)

No. 09-54
“Women and Intestate Succession in Islamic Law,” A. O. Yekini, Lagos State University

No. 09-53
“We the Jurists’: Islamic Constitutionalism in Iraq,” Intisar A. Rabb, Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 527, March 2008

No. 09-52
“Growth of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) in Malaysia: A Model for the Region,” Haemala Thanasegaran, Monash University
Singapore Journal of Legal Stdueis, p. 143-164, July 2008

No. 09-51
“Book Review: Orientalism and ‘The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State,’ “ Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh – School of Law
Middle East Law and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2008
U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-27

No. 09-50
“The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. The Republika Srpska: Human Rights in a Multi-Ethnic Bosnia,”Brett Dakin, Columbia Law School
Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 15, 2002

No. 09-49
“Cutting the Limbs or Incarceration for Theft/Stealing: An Evaluation of the Crime and Penalty for Theft/Stealing Under the Nigerian and Ghanaian Laws,” Aminu Adamu Bello, University of Abuja, Nigeria