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I Drink Your Milkshake: A Note on Charging for Religious acts

In this Article: – Categorizing Acts related to Religious Practice – Demanding a Wage vs. Receiving Compensation – Where are modern “Islamic Institutes” positioned in this debate? – I Drink Your Milkshake In a previous article, I cover the question “Is it OK for an Imam to have a salary?” Here I’d like to follow […]

Two Men Enter: Arbitration, Reconciliation, and What Can Be Kept Out of Court

In this article we explore two forms of dispute resolution, arbitration and reconciliation, under Islamic law. This is a follow up to two previous articles where we discussed defamation as a case brought to court, as well as how Islamic courts operate. There will be two more followups to this article, inshallah that you can read […]

Two in Hell, One in Heaven: Dispute Resolution in Islamic Law

In this Article: – Who has the authority to resolve disputes – A Judge’s Skills and Qualification – Which Issues does a judge decide? – What is a court case? – Evidence and how we identify it – Conflicts of Interest – Why this stuff is important Two in Hell, One in Heaven: Assuming the […]

To Make A Fair Show In the Flesh: Defamation under Islamic Law & the Dangers of Ambiguity

In this Article: – The Purpose of Legal Deterrents – Mandatory vs. Discretionary Penalties – Slander: Express or Metaphorical – Defamation of Character and Damage to Reputation – What constitutes defamation under Islamic law? – The Burden of Proof and Personal Dignity – Why ambiguous accusations are counter-productive “Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates […]

A note on Bitcoin and the epistemological foundations of Islamic law

There seems to be much ado these days about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as they gain traction in muslim-majority circles and developing nations. The ability of cryptocurrencies to expand markets, going over the heads of regulators due to its decentralized nature makes it an appealing asset to prospective investors. Some may be seeking to free capital […]


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