Response to Professor Fadel and Professor Iqtidar

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Sherman Jackson



Professor Fadel sees me as claiming that the Islamic secular “places jurisdictional
boundaries on what religion can rightfully claim, thereby creating a legitimate
space for non-religious, i.e., ‘secular’ reason.” What actually I argued,
however, was that Sharia placed limits on its own shar‘ī jurisdiction, obviating
the necessity-cum-legitimacy not of non-religious, secular reason but of religious
secular reason. He appears to be unable to transcend the commonly held
dichotomy between the secular and the religious (which my article calls directly
into question) and thus to recognize the reality of the “Islamic secular”
as I define it. This underwrites a profound misreading of my thesis ...

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