About the Journal

Established in 1984, the American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS) is an open-access, biannual, double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal with global reach, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and distributed worldwide.

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The American Journal of Islam and Society places a special importance on supporting the work of up-and-coming authors.  Early career scholars (i.e., within 3 years of being awarded a Ph.D. or before) working on the journal’s themes are especially encouraged to submit their articles for review. AJIS is pleased to announce that articles by early career scholars accepted by the journal will receive a special honorarium of $500 upon publication. These articles will be submitted through the usual process, and prospective authors are kindly asked to indicate their status as early career upon submission. We look forward to receiving your work.

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Current Issue

Vol. 39 No. 3-4 (2022): American Journal of Islam and Society

Published: 2023-02-16

I want to begin by congratulating my colleagues at the helm of the American Journal of Islam and Society (AJIS), as well as readers and contributors, that the journal is now finally SCOPUS-indexed. Consistently in circulation since its establishment in 1984, AJIS is now an open-access, biannual, double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal with global reach. Its newly acquired formal status speaks to its consistently high standards of scholarship and invites an ever-larger group of aspiring and senior scholars to publish their finest work on a variety of areas in Islamic thought and society.
The issue of the American Journal of Islam and Society comprises four contributions, each exploring a different way in which Islam and society interact. Wardah AlKatiri proposes an Islamic vision to address the world’s deteriorating environmental prospects; Yousef Wahb addresses the challenge of upholding Islamic communal norms in North America; Sami al-Daghistani aspires to put the field of Islamic economics into conversation with classical Islamic ethics and spirituality; and Tabinda Khan addresses a theoretical lacuna in Western political scientists’ study of Islamism.

Ovamir Anjum


Editorial Note

Ovamir Anjum
Abstract 227 | PDF Downloads 98

Page 2-4


How about a Green Caliphate?

Wardah Alkatiri
Abstract 627 | PDF Downloads 272

Page 6-56

Beyond Maṣlaḥah

Sami Al Daghistani
Abstract 801 | PDF Downloads 241

Page 57-86

Competing Authorities

Yousef Aly Wahb
Abstract 648 | PDF Downloads 156

Page 87-111

Challenges with Studying Islamist Groups in American Political Science

Tabinda Mahfooz Khan
Abstract 364 | PDF Downloads 159

Page 112-141

Review Article

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

Behar Sadriu
Abstract 663 | PDF Downloads 241

Page 144-181

Book Reviews

Rivals in the Gulf

Muhammad Amasha
Abstract 293 | PDF Downloads 97

Page 184-188

Tree of Pearls

Elizabeth Urban
Abstract 221 | PDF Downloads 84

Page 189-192

The Qur’an in South Asia

Kamran Ahmad Khan
Abstract 244 | PDF Downloads 126

Page 193-197

Buying Buddha, Selling Rumi

Max Johnson Dugan
Abstract 291 | PDF Downloads 127

Page 198-203


Muslim Intellectual History

Saulat Pervez
Abstract 1830 | PDF Downloads 547

Page 206-272

Abstracting and Indexing