About the Journal
Established in 1984, AJIS is a biannual (twice a year), double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and distributed worldwide. In the year 2020, the journal got its new name, American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS), replacing
Vol. 37 No. 3-4 (2020): AMERICAN JOURNAL of ISLAM AND SOCIETY
In an editorial essay, Ovamir Anjum reflects on the current moment of (and literature on) de-globalization, considering in turn conservative and liberal arguments. He concludes by raising several questions which de-globalization opens, key among them the challenges posed by ongoing ecological degradation. In the first research article, Timothy Gutmann offers the term “propaedeutic” to refer to the critical pedagogy necessary for teaching unfamiliar material to audiences whose sensibilities and expectations are already structured by distinctive anxieties and concerns. Gutmann addresses common caricatures of Islamic law and suggests that Islamic traditions may themselves contain a propaedeutic potential for teaching Islamic studies in the North American context. In the second research article, Brannon Wheeler traces a possible Islamic “Responsibility To Protect.” By focusing on Islamist exegesis of Q 3:110 and on classical and contemporary understandings of migration, Wheeler ultimately notes the political and intellectual compromises involved in accepting certain instances of violence and rejecting others. In the third research article, Abbas Ahsan makes an analytic-philosophical case for radical epistemic relativism. Our inability to conceive of the logically impossible, he concludes, is itself a testimony that God transcends the laws of logic. Next, a review essay is followed by ten book reviews; in this issue’s Forum article, Scott Lucas introduces readers to the sophisticated work of four Muslim thinkers of the 5th/11th century: Miskawayh, al-Hakim al-Jishumi, Ibn Hazm, and al-Khatib al-Baghdadi. Lucas encourages Muslims to emulate these figures’ practices of reading widely, with intellectual generosity and commitment, and to insist on the relationship between knowledge and practice.
Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures by Bernard K. FreamonAbstract 68 | PDF Downloads 51
The Qur’ān and Kerygma: Biblical Receptions of the Muslim Scripture across a Millennium by Jeffrey EinbodenAbstract 69 | PDF Downloads 46
Ranks of the Divine Seekers: Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya Translated, Annotated and Introduced by Ovamir AnjumAbstract 59 | PDF Downloads 38
Ibn Taymiyya on Reason and Revelation: A Study of Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql by Carl Sharif El-TobguiAbstract 633 | PDF Downloads 278