About the Journal

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)<
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American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS) hosted a virtual symposium based on the Call for Papers issued earlier this year on the topic of "Theory and Uses of Maqāṣid al-SharīʿaThe symposium was held on May 2 through May 5.

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Current Issue

Vol. 38 No. 1-2 (2021): A new issue of the American Journal of Islam and Society

Published: 2021-05-03

We are pleased to announce the publication of AJIS 38:1-2. This issue begins with a substantive editorial by AJIS coeditor Shuruq Naguib engaging the field of gender analysis in the study of Islam. The issue then features four research articles. In the first article, Ahmad Atif Ahmad revisits the Asl/Mabsut of Muhammad al-Shaybani, offering a contemporary reading of the complex relationship between norms and consent in this foundational Islamic legal text. In the second article, Sari Hanafi analyzes the institutionalization of the project of 'Islamization of Knowledge' through a case study of the International Islamic University of Malaysia. In the third article, Rafi Rahman traces the entanglement of race, religion, and culture in the United States -- a complex terrain negotiated by Black Muslims who challenge their marginalization as Muslim Americans in the umma. In the fourth article, Saja Parvizian reconstructs Ibn Rushd's argument that al-Ghazali is an unbeliever for causing others to fall into unbelief. The issue also includes three review essays -- by Omar Anchassi, Tammy Gaber, and Dženita Karić -- and a series of reviews. It concludes with Abdullah Drury's history of New Zealand Muslim discourse and thought.

AJIS Editorial Team


Islam and the Epistemic Politics of Gender

Shuruq Naguib
Abstract 452 | PDF Downloads 36 Pre-press PDF Downloads 159


Fifty-Seven Tracts: Shaybānī’s (d. 189/805) Aṣl/Mabsūṭ, Twelve Centuries On

Ahmad Atif Ahmad
Abstract 247 | PDF Downloads 21 Pre-press PDF Downloads 69

Averroës’ Takfīr of al-Ghazālı̄: Ta’wīl and Causal Kufr

Saja Parvizian
Abstract 263 | PDF Downloads 33 Pre-press PDF Downloads 83

From Streamlining to Mainstreaming “Islamization of Knowledge”

Sari hanafi
Abstract 648 | PDF Downloads 72 Pre-press PDF Downloads 162

The Dissemination and Implementation of Islam within the African American Community

Rafiqur Rahman
Abstract 208 | PDF Downloads 12 Pre-press PDF Downloads 41

Review Essay

Book Reviews

Defending Muhammad in Modernity (by SherAli Tareen)

Junaid S. Ahmad
Abstract 318 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 67 PDF Downloads 18

Saṭwat al-Naṣ: Khiṭāb al-Azhar wa Azmat al-Ḥukm (By Basma Abdel Aziz)

Muhammad Amasha
Abstract 199 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 18 PDF Downloads 13

The Power of Education (by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas)

Madiha Patel
Abstract 157 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 29 PDF Downloads 10

Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood (by Hem Borker)

Fella Lahmar
Abstract 212 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 41 PDF Downloads 11

Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution (by Kevin Fogg)

Khairudin Aljunied
Abstract 144 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 29 PDF Downloads 8

Islam and Asia: A History (by Chiara Formichi)

Daniel Morgan
Abstract 128 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 31 PDF Downloads 8


Comfortably Numb: A Short History of New Zealand Muslim Discourse and Thought

Abdullah Drury
Abstract 600 | Pre-press PDF Downloads 127 PDF Downloads 11

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