This issue begins with an editorial on humanistic education and Islam by the journal editor, Ovamir Anjum.
It then features two research articles: Kareem Rosshandlerâ€™s â€œA Review of Contemporary Arabic Scholarship on the Use of IsrÄâ€™Ä«liyyÄt for Interpreting the Qurâ€™anâ€ is an important exploration of how modern Arabophone Muslim exegetes employ Israelite narratives in their commentaries. The second article, Abbas Ahsanâ€™s â€œQuineâ€™s Ontology and the Islamic Tradition,â€ is a meticulous philosophical treatment of a fundamental point: whether naturalist philosophy, particularly in its Quinean form, is commensurable with an absolutely transcendent notion of God as expressed in certain dominant theological traditions of Islam.
A review essay on the second edition of Jonathan Brown's celebrated book Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World precedes eight book reviews.
Finally, in a refreshing and provocative essay, â€œIslam in English,â€ Oludamini Ogunnaike and Mohammed Rustom make a case for new vocabulary that could express, not merely describe, Islam in English.