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


Propaedeutics in Practice

Timothy Gutmann
Abstract 589 | PDF Downloads 49 | DOI

Page 1-23

Islamist Exegesis of Q 3:110

Brannon Wheeler
Abstract 500 | PDF Downloads 76 | DOI

Page 24-49

God beyond the Boundary-Stones of Thought

Abbas Ahsan
Abstract 1016 | PDF Downloads 84 | DOI

Page 50-97

Review Essay

Revival from Below

Ali Altaf Mian
Abstract 494 | PDF Downloads 295 | DOI

Page 98-105

Book Reviews

Muslims and Christians Debate Justice and Love

Katherine Bullock
Abstract 351 | PDF Downloads 170 | DOI

Page 106-108

The Kaʿba Orientations

Yahya Nurgat
Abstract 450 | PDF Downloads 339 | DOI

Page 109-112

Yozgatlı Ihsan Efendi

Dzenita Karic
Abstract 313 | PDF Downloads 152 | DOI

Page 113-115

Muslim Environmentalisms

Lauren Osborne
Abstract 371 | PDF Downloads 254 | DOI

Page 116-119

Possessed by the Right Hand

Elizabeth Urban
Abstract 387 | PDF Downloads 362 | DOI

Page 119-123

The Qur’ān and Kerygma

John Kaltner
Abstract 270 | PDF Downloads 185 | DOI

Page 123-129

Reversing the Colonial Gaze

Mojtaba Rostampour
Abstract 238 | PDF Downloads 229 | DOI

Page 129-136

Ranks of the Divine Seekers

Antonia Bosanquet
Abstract 552 | PDF Downloads 476 | DOI

Page 137-140

Ibn Taymiyya on Reason and Revelation

Mobeen Vaid
Abstract 1050 | PDF Downloads 743 | DOI

Page 140-144

Tajdid, Islah, and Civilizational Renewal in Islam

Tauseef Ahmad Parray
Abstract 458 | PDF Downloads 432 | DOI

Page 144-148