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 677 | PDF Downloads 152 Pre-press PDF Downloads 249


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

Ahmad Atif Ahmad
Abstract 422 | PDF Downloads 61 Pre-press PDF Downloads 94

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

Saja Parvizian
Abstract 547 | PDF Downloads 110 Pre-press PDF Downloads 120

From Streamlining to Mainstreaming “Islamization of Knowledge”

Sari hanafi
Abstract 839 | PDF Downloads 155 Pre-press PDF Downloads 191

The Dissemination and Implementation of Islam within the African American Community

Rafiqur Rahman
Abstract 375 | PDF Downloads 41 Pre-press PDF Downloads 67

Review Essay

Book Reviews

Defending Muhammad in Modernity (by SherAli Tareen)

Junaid S. Ahmad
Abstract 443 | PDF Downloads 71 Pre-press PDF Downloads 86

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

Muhammad Amasha
Abstract 348 | PDF Downloads 34 Pre-press PDF Downloads 34

The Power of Education (by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas)

Madiha Patel
Abstract 243 | PDF Downloads 44 Pre-press PDF Downloads 49

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

Fella Lahmar
Abstract 311 | PDF Downloads 41 Pre-press PDF Downloads 63

Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution (by Kevin Fogg)

Khairudin Aljunied
Abstract 209 | PDF Downloads 37 Pre-press PDF Downloads 51

Islam and Asia: A History (by Chiara Formichi)

Daniel Morgan
Abstract 192 | PDF Downloads 35 Pre-press PDF Downloads 51


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

Abdullah Drury
Abstract 931 | PDF Downloads 47 Pre-press PDF Downloads 152

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