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