About the Journal

Established in 1984, the American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS) is an open-access, biannual, double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal with global reach, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and distributed worldwide.

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The American Journal of Islam and Society places a special importance on supporting the work of up-and-coming authors.  Early career scholars (i.e., within 3 years of being awarded a Ph.D. or before) working on the journal’s themes are especially encouraged to submit their articles for review. AJIS is pleased to announce that articles by early career scholars accepted by the journal will receive a special honorarium of $500 upon publication. These articles will be submitted through the usual process, and prospective authors are kindly asked to indicate their status as early career upon submission. We look forward to receiving your work.

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Current Issue

Vol. 39 No. 3-4 (2022): American Journal of Islam and Society

Published: 2023-02-16

I want to begin by congratulating my colleagues at the helm of the American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS), as well as readers and contributors, that the journal is now finally SCOPUS-indexed. Consistently in circulation since its establishment in 1984, AJIS is now an open-access, biannual, double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal with global reach. Its newly acquired formal status speaks to its consistently high standards of scholarship and invites an ever-larger group of aspiring and senior scholars to publish their finest work on a variety of areas in Islamic thought and society.
The issue of the American Journal of Islam and Society comprises four contributions, each exploring a different way in which Islam and society interact. Wardah AlKatiri proposes an Islamic vision to address the world’s deteriorating environmental prospects; Yousef Wahb addresses the challenge of upholding Islamic communal norms in North America; Sami al-Daghistani aspires to put the field of Islamic economics into conversation with classical Islamic ethics and spirituality; and Tabinda Khan addresses a theoretical lacuna in Western political scientists’ study of Islamism.

Ovamir Anjum


Editorial Note

Ovamir Anjum
Abstract 138 | PDF Downloads 59

Page 2-4


How about a Green Caliphate?

Wardah Alkatiri
Abstract 354 | PDF Downloads 179

Page 6-56

Beyond Maṣlaḥah

Sami Al Daghistani
Abstract 637 | PDF Downloads 131

Page 57-86

Competing Authorities

Yousef Aly Wahb
Abstract 488 | PDF Downloads 102

Page 87-111

Challenges with Studying Islamist Groups in American Political Science

Tabinda Mahfooz Khan
Abstract 220 | PDF Downloads 78

Page 112-141

Review Article

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

Behar Sadriu
Abstract 444 | PDF Downloads 136

Page 144-181

Book Reviews

Rivals in the Gulf

Muhammad Amasha
Abstract 190 | PDF Downloads 69

Page 184-188

Tree of Pearls

Elizabeth Urban
Abstract 113 | PDF Downloads 46

Page 189-192

The Qur’an in South Asia

Kamran Ahmad Khan
Abstract 131 | PDF Downloads 65

Page 193-197

Buying Buddha, Selling Rumi

Max Johnson Dugan
Abstract 157 | PDF Downloads 68

Page 198-203


Muslim Intellectual History

Saulat Pervez
Abstract 1410 | PDF Downloads 361

Page 206-272

Abstracting and Indexing