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Established in 1984, the American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS) is a biannual (April and October), 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 received its new name, American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS), repl
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Current Issue

Vol. 38 No. 3-4 (2021): American Journal of Islam and Society

Published: 2022-04-22


Theory and Uses of Maqāṣid al-Sharī‘a

On May 2-5, 2021, as the world stood humbled by COVID-19—the smallest of God’s creation that has humbled the mightiest—over a dozen Muslim scholars spent a portion of the Blessed Days of Ramadan in a virtual AJIS symposium. The meeting, titled “Theory and Uses of Maqāṣid al-Sharī‘a” was inaugurated by a keynote address by the senior contemporary Muslim jurist and leading commentator on the Maqāṣid discourse, Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali. That thoughtful presentation is being reproduced here as a fitting introduction to this collection of articles. In this brief introductory note, I provide a summary of the presentations in the symposium before turning the reader over to our learned jurist’s critical appraisal of where the maqāṣid discourse stands today.


Editorial Note

Ovamir Anjum
Abstract 157 | PDF Downloads 158

Page 2-5

Keynote Address

History and Jurisprudence of the Maqāṣid

Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Abstract 244 | PDF Downloads 221

Page 8-34


From Islamic Modernism to Theorizing Authoritarianism

Yomna Helmy
Abstract 465 | PDF Downloads 213

Page 36-70

Before Maqāṣid

Youcef L Soufi
Abstract 114 | PDF Downloads 126

Page 71-102

Book Reviews


Islam and Psychology

Sibel Nayman
Abstract 213 | PDF Downloads 149

Page 188-194


AbdulHamid Ahmad AbuSulayman’s Legacy of Intellectual Reform

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
Abstract 232 | PDF Downloads 88

Page 196-208

Abstracting and Indexing