Islamic Studies

Publishes research articles, notes, comments, review-articles and book reviews in all disciplines of Islamic Studies including the Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir, Sirah, ‘Ilm al-Kalam, Jurisprudence, Fiqh, Law, Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Culture, Civilization, Political Science, Economics, Language, Literature, History, Science and Technology.

Articles

Vol. 48, No. 4, Winter

Oaths in the Qur'an: Bint Al-Shati''s Literary Contribution
AbstractOaths (aqsam, sing. qasam) are one of the most widespread and effective ways of drawing attention or eliciting trust in interpersonal and intercultural communications. As a theological and literary device, the Qur'an has used oaths frequently...
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Change of Creation or Harnessing Nature? the Reception of Biotechnology in the Islamic World*
AbstractThis paper deals with the reception of biotechnology in the Islamic world, particularly focusing on the characteristics of the reception of biotechnology by Muslim legal scholars (fuqaha'), with reference to the general societal discourse. It...
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Islamic Economics: A Survey of the Literature
IIPART THREEFundamentals of an Islamic Economic SystemBut seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions...
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La Convivencia: The Spirit of Co-Existence in Islam
AbstractThe tremendous inter-dependence of our era underlines the importance of successfully removing racial, cultural and religious barriers in a manner that nurtures understanding, togetherness, and acceptance. To do so, would be to embrace the ideals...
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Vol. 48, No. 3, Autumn

A Comparative Study of the Art of Jonah/Yunus1 Narrative in the Bible and the Qur'an
AbstractThis article attempts a comparative study of the story of Jonah/Yunus in the bible and the Qur'an. The texts are analysed from a narratological perspective without judging as to which one has a better form or more authoritative account. The aim...
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The Significance of Istifta' in the Fatwa Discourse*
AbstractI propose to analyze six important manuals of fatwa with a view to know how they define fatwa and how they see its significance in the process of fatwa-writing. According to them, a fatwa must confine itself to the contents of istifta'. These...
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Dialogue between Islam and Buddhism through the Concepts Ummatan Wasatan (the Middle Nation) and Majjhima-Patipada (the Middle Way)
AbstractMonotheistic religions . Judaism, Christianity and Islam . have coexisted with Buddhism in many parts of Asia for centuries. This led in the past to dialogue as well as misunderstanding between the two at the doctrinal and social levels. This...
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Islamic Economics: A Survey of the Literature*
AbstractA central thesis of this paper is that social science is the study of human experience, and hence is strongly conditioned by history. Modern Western political, economic and social structures have emerged as a consequence of the repudiation of...
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Muslim Women and the Partition of India: A Historiographical Silence
AbstractThe paper seeks to underscore a major lacuna in the studies so far undertaken on the most momentous development in the twentieth century history of the subcontinent-its partition into the states of India and Pakistan. The partition has been studied...
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Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer

Implementing Islamic Law within a Modern Constitutional Framework: Challenges and Problems in Contemporary Malaysia
AbstractMuslim countries in the post-colonial period are faced with the challenge of developing political structures consistent with Islamic teachings. The uniqueness of the task stems from the fact that these structures have to be raised in a constitutional...
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The Clash of Civilizations Thesis and Muslims: The Search for an Alternative Paradigm
AbstractThe clash of civilizations thesis, first formulated by Bernard Lewis and popularized by Samuel Huntington in the 1990s was, in the course of time, embraced by President George W. Bush for execution, virtually making it the cornerstone of US foreign...
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Clericist Catholic Authors and the Crystallization of Historical Memory of World War I in Lebanonist-Particularist Discourse, 1918-1922
AbstractThe First World War was a crisis for pan-Catholic ideology in Lebanon. The Maronite and other Catholic intellectuals and journalists most dyed by Westerners saw millions of them kill each other and deplete their states for the long term. Christianity...
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The Shariah Nizam-E-Adl Regulation 2009*
A REGULATIONto provide for Nifaz-e-Nizam-e-Shari'ah through Courts in the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas of the North-West Frontier Province, except the Tribal Area adjoining Mansehra district and the former State of Amb.WHEREAS, it is expedient...
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Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: Perspectives on Reform
Lynn Welchman. Ed. Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: Perspectives on Reform. London-New York: Zed Book Ltd, 2004. Pp. xii+300. Paperback. ISBN I 84277 095 0. No price given.Gender debate in the Muslim societies currently oscillates between two poles....
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Bibliography of the Translations of the Meanings of the Glorious Quran into English: 1641-2002: A Critical Study
Abdur Raheem Kidwai. Bibliography of the Translations of the Meanings of the Glorious Quran into English: 1641-2002: A Critical Study. Al- Madinah al-Munawwarah: King Fahd Quran Printing Complex, 2007. Pp. xxiix+474. Hardbound. ISBN 9960-9669-1-7. No...
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Global Political Islam
Peter Mandaville. Global Political Islam. London & New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. xv +388. Paperback. ISBN 10: 0-415-32607-9 and 13: 978-0-415-32607-0. No price given.Peter Mandaville, an academic at George Mason University, USA, has been working...
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Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring

The Problematic of Prophethood and Miracles: Mustafa Sabri's Response*
AbstractMustafa Sabri (1286-1374/1869-1954), whose life and influence spanned Turkey as well as Arabic-speaking countries, was among the prominent 20th century Muslim thinkers to grapple with the problematic of prophethood and miracles. In this regard...
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The Objectives Resolution
Full sixty years ago in March 1949 the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan adopted the Objectives Resolution. The aim was to spell out the basic purposes that would provide guidelines for making the constitution of the new-born state. The Resolution, since...
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Tadabbur-E-Qur'an: Pondering over the Qur'an, Volume One; Tafsir of Surah Al-Fatihah and Surah Al-Baqarah
Amin Ahsan Islahi, Tadabbur-e-Qur'an: Pondering Over the Qur'an, Volume One; Tafsir of Surah al-Fatihah and Surah al-Baqarah. Tr. Mohammad Saleem Kayani. Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Book Trust, 2007. Pp. 693. Hardbound. ISBN 978-983-9154-88-7. No price given.The...
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On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali's Faysal Al-Tafriqa Bayna Al-Islam Wa Al-Zandaqa
Sherman A. Jackson. On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Faysal al-Tafriqa Bayna al-Islam wa al-Zandaqa. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. 156. Hardback. ISBN 0- 19-579791-4. Price: Rs. 295.00.Rightly...
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Vol. 47, No. 3, Autumn

The People of the Book in the Qur'an
AbstractThe Qur'an's understanding by Muslims has shaped their communal interfaith perceptions. This article selects the various Qur'anic verses that have influenced Muslims in relating to people of faiths other than their own. The prime concern of this...
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Defending the Sufis in Nineteenth Century Hyderabad*
AbstractAs India gradually fell into British hands, Hyderabad State became the last great bastion of traditional Indo-Muslim social and intellectual life. The old families of court and religious notables sought to maintain a metaphysical and moral order...
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Women, Muslim Culture and the Development Discourse: The Case of Poor Pakistani Women
AbstractThis paper examines the discourse surrounding poor Pakistani women and their problems, specifically their poverty and powerlessness to change their lives. This discourse has traditionally been constructed by international donor agencies, local...
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Outlines of a Unified Educational System for Muslims*
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)IntroductionMaulana Sayyid Manazir Ahsan Gilani(1310C1375/1892C1956), a distinguished scholar of Islam of the twentieth century, was one of the best products of Dar al- 'Ulum, Deoband, where he studied...
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The Reform of Muslim Society*
It is with infinite satisfaction that I see, in my own day, the Muslim peoples waking from their torpor and aspiring to throw off the foreign yoke. That means that they have understood, at last, that the duty of every Muslim, a duty sacred above all...
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The Qur'an: A Biography
Bruce Lawrence. The Qur'an: A Biography. London: Atlantic Books, 2006. Pp. xv+231. Paperback. ISBN 978 1 84354 399 2. Price: US $13.99.The Muslims' sacred text, namely the Qur'an, has come under the spotlight during the past few years because, as the...
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Muslim Family in a Dilemma: Quest for a Western Identity
Mohammad Akhtar. Ed. Muslim Family in a Dilemma: Quest for a Western Identity. Lanham, MD and Plymouth, UK: University Press of America, 2007. Pp. 165. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0-7618-3651-3. Price: US $ 26.00.After a long period of gestation, the editor,...
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Sexual Encounters in the Middle East: The British, the French and the Arabs
Derek Hopwood. Sexual Encounters in the Middle East: The British, the French and the Arabs. Reading: Garnet Publishing House, 1999. Pp. v+308. Hardbound. ISBN-13: 978-0-86372-313-6. Price not given.During the past half century or so, a great deal has...
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Islam without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists
Raymond William Baker. Islam without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003. Pp. 309 including Glossary and Index. Paperback. ISBN 0-674-01203-8. Price: US $ 29.95.A small number of intellectuals in Egypt formed...
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Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer

Ibn Taymiyyah's Evaluation of Istihsan in the Hanbali School of Law
AbstractThis paper is an attempt to outline Ibn Taymiyyah's approach to and treatment of istihsan within Ahmad ibn Hanbal's legal theory in addition to that of the early Hanbali jurists. The paper also draws attention to Ibn Taymiyyah's rejection of...
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Articles of Faith and Organized Religion in Islam: Historicity and Faith and Its Implications
AbstractIn order to act resolutely and effectively in history Muslims need to develop critical historical consciousness that would furnish them with the intellectual tools to understand history in light of their faith and help them act out their faith...
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Munazarah Literature in Urdu: An Extra-Curricular Educational Input in Pakistan's Religious Education
AbstractThis article looks at the institution of debate, the munazarah, in the religious education sector of Pakistan. It argues that the munazarah occupies an important position in madrasah education and the 'ulama' create their identity around a core...
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Islam in the African American Community: Negotiating between Black Nationalism and Historical Islam
AbstractThis paper traces the trajectory of the African American Muslim community in the US by analyzing the various strands of the community's make-up and exploring the dialectic of immigrant-indigenous Islam. It raises questions regarding, for instance,...
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A Common Word between Us and You*
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and contend with them in the fairest way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth...
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Islamic Finance - Islamgerechte Finanzanlagen Und Finanzierungen
Michael Gassner und Philipp Wackerbeck. Islamic Finance - Islamgerechte Finanzanlagen und Finanzierungen. Köln (Cologne): Bank- Verlag Medien, 2007. Pp. 182. Hardbound. ISBN 978-3-86556-164-0. No price given.This book with an English title but German...
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Muslim Minorities in the West
Syed Z. Abedin and Ziauddin Sardar. Ed. Muslim Minorities in the West. London: Grey Seal Books, 1995. Pp. x+212. Hardbound. ISBN 1- 85640-032-8. Price: £ 25.00.Muslims living in a non-Muslim cultural majority context, no different than others, face profound...
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Popular Sufism in Eastern Europe: Sufi Brotherhoods and the Dialogue with Christianity and 'Heterodoxy.'
H.T. Norris. Popular Sufism in Eastern Europe: Sufi Brotherhoods and the Dialogue with Christianity and 'Heterodoxy.' London - New York: Routledge. 2006. Pp. 192. Hardbound. ISBN 978 0 415 29755 4. Price: UK £ 75.00.Popular Sufism in Eastern Europe by...
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Orhan Pamuks Istanbul
Catharina Dufft. Orhan Pamuks Istanbul. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008. Pp. xv+176, with 9 geographical black & white sketches. Paperback. ISBN 978-3-447-05629-8. Price: euro 34.00.The book under review, as it clearly shows, was originally...
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Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam and the War of Ideas
Lawrence Pintak. Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam and the War of Ideas. London: Pluto Press, 2006. Pp. xviii + 374. Hardback ISBN: 0-7453-2418-5. Price: $ 29.00.The 9/11 incident has spotlighted the nature of relations between the United...
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Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring

The Notions of Dar Al-Harb and Dar Al-Islam in Islamic Jurisprudence with Special Reference to the Hanafi School*
AbstractThe article argues that the bifurcation of the world into two domains-Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb-is essentially an affirmation of the principle of territorial jurisdiction. This principle was enunciated with a high degree of clarity and its...
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Images of Religious Others in Textbooks of Religious Education for the Public Primary Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina*
AbstractThe course of Religious Education and its respective textbooks for pupils of public primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina could certainly make a considerable contribution to rebuilding mutual trust between Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims...
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Islam in Brunei Darussalam: Negotiating Islamic Revivalism and Religious Radicalism
AbstractBruneians have shown great earnestness in their adherence to Islam. Religious life in Brunei, however, is characterised by a marked degree of peace and harmony which is indicated by the absence of schismatic tensions. Moreover, the Bruneians'...
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Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams' Foundation Lecture in Temple Festival Series, at the Royal Courts of Justice - Thursday 07 February 2008*The title of this series of lectures signals the existence of what is very widely felt to be a growing...
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The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Identity
Omid Safi. The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Identity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp. 292. ISBN 0-8078-2993-5 (cloth); 0-8078- 5657-6 (pbk.).This intensely personal narrative...
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Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience
Caryle Murphy. Passion For Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience. New York: Scribner, 2002. Hardcover. ISBN 0- 7432-3578-9. Price: US$ 27.00.This is a post 9/11 impressionistic work by an American journalist with years of experience...
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Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History
Nahid Kabir. Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations and Cultural History, London: Kegan Paul, 2005. Pp. 352. Hardbound. ISBN 0-7103-1108-7. No price given.The terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001 and the London bombings...
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On Suicide Bombing
Talal Asad. On Suicide Bombing. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. Pp. 128. Hardbound. ISBN: 978-0-231-14152-9. Price not given.In this slim volume Talal Asad deconstructs the liberal discourse on the current categories of "war" and "terrorism"...
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Vol. 47, No. 4, Winter

Precedent in Islamic Law with Special Reference to the Federal Shariat Court and the Legal System in Pakistan
AbstractThis paper attempts to answer the question whether the common law doctrine of precedent as practiced in Pakistan is compatible with the traditional Islamic legal system. The paper examines the role of the principles of Islamic law in the Pakistani...
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Towards Understanding Islamic Architecture
AbstractThis article aims to discuss the meaning, functions and salient characteristics of Islamic architecture. The discussion will be divided into the following sections: (1) the meaning of Islamic architecture; (2) the object that Islamic architecture...
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Falsifiability of Science and the Transcendentalism of Religion
AbstractToday we are living in an age when science has had a profound effect on our thinking and behaviour. Almost every sphere of our life has been affected by science to such an extent that we have developed a mistrust of all that is not part of science....
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Muslim Education*
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)The opposition to modern education which has been raised by the conservatives in every Muslim country, is based on misunderstanding (1) of the nature of Islam itself; (2) of the character of proper Muslim education,...
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Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (IEQ): Raison D'être and Project Summary*
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)'Uthman bin 'Affan [white square] related that the Prophet [white square] said:(The best among you is the one who learns and teaches the Qur'an.)Bukhari, Sahih, Fada'il al-Qur'anConceived as a reference...
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The Path of God's Bondsmen from Origin to Return, "Mersad Al-'Ebad Men Al-Mabda' Ela Al-Ma'ad,"
Review Article: Hamid Algar. Trans. Intro and Anno. The Path of God's Bondsmen from Origin to Return, "Mersad al-'ebad men al-mabda' ela al-ma'ad," a Sufi compendium in Persian by Najm al-Din Razi, known as Daya. North Haledon, NJ: Islamic Publications...
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Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries
Anna Suvorova. Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries. London: Routledge/Curzon, 2004. Pp. 256. Hardbound. ISBN: 978-0-415-31764-1. Price: US $ 180.00.The work under review, originally written in Russian in 1999, is a survey...
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...And Sails the Boat Downstream: Malay Sufi Poems of the Boat
V.I. Braginsky. ...And Sails the Boat Downstream: Malay Sufi Poems of the Boat. Leiden: University of Leiden, 2007. Pp. xviii+482. Paperback. ISBN: 978-90-73084-24-7. No price given.A number of books had been written on the prose and poems of Malay sufi...
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The Decline of the Muslim Ummah
Iqbal Syed Hussain. The Decline of the Muslim Ummah. Gujranwala (Pakistan): Humanity Publishers, 2004. Pp. 468. Hardbound. ISBN 969-8854-00-2. Price: $ 20.00/Special Price in Pakistan: Rs. 600.Muslims presently number anywhere between 1.2 and 1.6 billion...
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