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
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Current Issue


Published: 2020-11-06


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.

Introductory Note

A New Co-Editor Joins the American Journal of Islam and Society

Shuruq Naguib
Abstract 89 | PDF Downloads 49

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Ovamir Anjum
Abstract 99 | PDF Downloads 42

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Review Essay

Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam by Brannon D. Ingram

Ali Altaf Mian
Abstract 203 | PDF Downloads 92

Page 98-105

Book Reviews

Muslims and Christians Debate Justice and Love by David L. Johnston

Katherine Bullock
Abstract 74 | PDF Downloads 36

Page 106-108

The Kaʿba Orientations. Readings in Islam’s Ancient House by Simon O'Meara

Yahya Nurgat
Abstract 101 | PDF Downloads 71

Page 109-112

Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations by Anna M. Gade

Lauren Osborne
Abstract 91 | PDF Downloads 66

Page 116-119

Reversing the Colonial Gaze: Persian Travelers Abroad by Hamid Dabashi

Mojtaba Rostampour
Abstract 52 | PDF Downloads 32

Page 129-136

Tajdid, Islah, and Civilizational Renewal in Islam by Mohammed Hashim Kamali

Tauseef Ahmad Parray
Abstract 153 | PDF Downloads 96

Page 144-148


Forum: The Value of Classical Islamic Thought for Muslims Today

Scott Lucas
Abstract 212 | PDF Downloads 81

Page 149-173

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