Book Review

Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice


We would like to invite reviewers to review a number of recently published books that may be of interest to the Islamic Law scholars and researchers. Books will be allocated for review on a first-come-first-served basis and you would have about one month to carry out the review. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please email Dr Khaled Bashir ( which book you are interested in reviewing and we will arrange for a copy (paper or online format) to be sent to you.

We also invite readers to propose books that they wish to review. Books should be rooted in scholarly analysis and critique and/or empirical study of Islamic law and can be targeted at practitioners or written primarily for scholars in the field of Islamic law. Kindly send the titles to Dr Khaled Bashir.

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)
  • To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address.
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and when used should follow OSCOLA referencing guide. Deadline for submission of review for the forthcoming Issue is June 30th, 2020.

Recommended Format

A good book review provides a quick overview of the main ideas in the text. Also helpful is an account of how the book fits into, or engages in, an on-going philosophical debate. While not required, a compare and contrast approach can be useful to demonstrate both the main ideas and unique positioning of a book. An overview for a book review is good when it is broad and concise, including all and only the main points of the text. A good book review evaluates the text and deploys an argument regarding how successful the book is in achieving its own goals. This may, but need not, involve substantive disagreement with the argumentation found in the text. Many reviews will be best when they: (i) begin with any important background information (e.g. author biography); (ii) provide a summary of the contents of the book; and (iii) end with the reviewer’s evaluations.

The currently available books (courtesy of our good friends at Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Oxford and Ashgate Publishers) are:

Islamic Banking and Finance: Definitive Texts and Cases
Omar Masood
ISBN: 978-0-230-33839-5
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse
Anastasia Vakulenko
ISBN: 978-0-41556550-9
Publisher: Routledge

Islamic Law and the Law of Armed Conflict: The Armed Conflict in Pakistan
Niaz A. Shah
ISBN: 978-0-415-56396-3
Publisher: Routledge

Islamic Economics and Finance: A European Perspective
Edited by Jonathan Langton, Cristina Trullols and Abdullah Q. Turkistani
ISBN: 978-0-230-30027-9
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

An Islamic Court in Context: An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning
Erine E. Stiles
ISBN: 978-0-230-61740-7
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

From Transnational Relations to Transnational Law: Northern European Laws at the Crossroads
Edited by Anne Hellum, Shaheen Sardar Ali and Anne Griffiths
ISBN: 978-1-4094-1896-2
Publisher: Ashgate

Islamic Finance: Law and Practice
Edited by Craig R. Nethercott and David M. Eisenberg
ISBN: 978-0-19-956694-5
Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Islamic Law of Inheritance
Hamid Khan
ISBN: 978-0-19-547336-0
Publisher: Oxford University Press

On Taqlid: Ibn al Qayyim’s Critique of Authority in Islamic Law
Abdul-Rahman Mustafa
ISBN: 978-0-19-993751-6
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Human Rights and Islam: An Introduction to Key Debates between Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law
Abdullah Saeed,
Top of Form
ISBN: 978 1 78471 657 8
Publisher: Edward Elgar

Behind the Veil: A Critical Analysis of European Veiling Laws
Neville Cox,
ISBN: 978 1 78897 084 6
Publisher: Edward Elgar

Encyclopedia of Islamic Insurance, Takaful and Retakaful
Edited by Mohd Ma’Sum Billah and Ezzedine Ghlamallah,
ISBN: 978 1 78811 582 7
Publisher: Edward Elgar

Islamic Law and International Law: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes
Emilia Justyna Powell
ISBN: 9780190064633
Publisher: Oxford University Press

al-Muwaṭṭaʾ, the Royal Moroccan Edition: The Recension of Yaḥyā Ibn Yaḥyā al-Laythī
Mālik b. Anas
Harvard Series in Islamic Law 8
Edited by Mohammad Fadel and Connell Monette
ISBN 9780674241350
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Routledge Handbook of Islamic Law
Edited by Khaled Abou El Fadl, Ahmad Atif Ahmad and Said Fares Hassan
ISBN-10: 1138803170                20th March 2020
Publisher: Routledge

Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford Constitutional Theory)
Nimer Sultany
ISBN-10: 0198862679
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Human Rights in Islamic North Africa
E. Ike Udogu
ISBN-10: 1476680655
Publisher: McFarland

Islam, Law and the Modern State: (Re)imagining Liberal Theory in Muslim Contexts (Iclars Series on Law and Religion)
Arif A. Jamal
ISBN-13: 978-0367893729
Publisher: Routledge

'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i (Makers of the Muslim World)
Steven C. Judd
ISBN-13: 978-1786076854
Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Palestine and the International Criminal Court (International Criminal Justice Series)
Seada Hussein Adem
ISBN-13: 978-9462652903
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press

An Islamic Jihad of Nonviolence
Salih Sayilgan
ISBN-13: 978-1532657566
Publisher: Cascade Books

Islam and International Criminal Law and Justice
Tallyn Gray
ISBN-13: 978-8283481884
Publisher: Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher

Ottoman Law of War and Peace - Revised edition
Viorel Panaite
ISBN-13: 978-9004406377
Publisher: Brill | Nijhoff

Law and the Wearing of Religious Symbols in Europe Hardcover
Erica Howard
ISBN: 9780367178901
Publisher: Routledge

Corpus Juris of Islamic International Criminal Justice (2nd edition)
Farhad Malekian
ISBN-13: 978-1527513907
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

International Law and Islam: Historical Explorations
Brill’s Arab and Islamic Laws Series, Volume: 14
Edited by Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral and Ayesha Shahid
ISBN: 978-90-04-38837-6
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Norway
Brill’s Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe, Volume: 17
Edited by Marianne Bøe
ISBN: 978-90-04-37942-8
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Sweden
Brill’s Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe, Volume: 15
Edited by Mosa Sayed and Göran Larsson
ISBN: 978-90-04-34742-7
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Ireland
Brill’s Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe, Volume: 16
Edited by Kathryn O'Sullivan
ISBN:  978-90-04-36710-4
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Norway
Brill’s Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe, Volume: 17
Edited by Marianne Bøe
ISBN: 978-90-04-37942-8
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

The Impact of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women on the Domestic Legislation in Egypt
Brill’s International Studies in Human Rights, Volume: 124
Nora Salem
ISBN: 978-90-04-34684-0
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Volume 2, 2018 - Islamic Law and its Implementation in Asia and the Middle East
Brill’s The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Volume: 2
Edited by Javaid Rehman and Ayesha Shahid
ISBN: 978-90-04-34688-8
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Islamic Jurisprudence on the Regulation of Armed Conflict: Text and Context
Brill’s History of Warfare, Volume: 127
Nesrine Badawi
ISBN: 978-90-04-41062-6
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

National Trials of International Crimes in Bangladesh
Transitional Justice as Reflected in Judgments
M. Rafiqul Islam
ISBN: 978-90-04-38938-0
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Dār al-islām / dār al-ḥarb
Territories, People, Identities
Brill’s Studies in Islamic Law and Society, Volume: 40
Edited by Giovanna Calasso and Giuliano Lancioni
ISBN: 978-90-04-33103-7
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Dār al-Islām Revisited
Territoriality in Contemporary Islamic Legal Discourse on Muslims in the West
Brill’s Muslim Minorities, Volume: 29
Sarah Albrecht
ISBN: 978-90-04-36454-7
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

How Muftis Think
Islamic Legal Thought and Muslim Women in Western Europe
Brill’s Studies in Islamic Law and Society, Volume: 44
Lena Larsen
ISBN: 978-90-04-36779-1
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Ottoman Law of War and Peace: The Ottoman Empire and Its Tribute-Payers from the North of the Danube. Second Revised Edition
Viorel Panaite
ISBN: 978-90-04-40637-7
Publisher: Brill | Nijhoff

Early Islamic Law in Basra in the 2nd/8th Century
Aqwal Qatadah b. Da'amah al-Sadusi
Brill’s Islamic History and Civilization, Volume: 142
Edited by Abdulrahman al-Salimi
ISBN: 978-90-04-33947-7
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

Enlightening Europe on Islam and the Ottomans
Mouradgea d’Ohsson and His Masterpiece
Brill’s The History of Oriental Studies, Volume: 5
Carter Vaughn Findley
ISBN: 978-90-04-36312-0
Publisher: Brill, Nijhoff

The European Court of Human Rights and the Freedom of Religion or Belief
The 25 Years since Kokkinakis
Brill’s Studies in Religion, Secular Beliefs and Human Rights, Volume: 13
Edited by Jeroen TempermanT. Jeremy Gunn and Malcolm D. Evans

Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context
Brill | Nijhoff’s Muslim Minorities, Volume: 31
Edited by Kathryn O'Sullivan
ISBN: 978-90-04-39823-8
Publisher: Brill | Nijhoff