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Socioeconomic and Gender Justice in the Qur’an: Modern Challenges

This chapter explains the meaning of gender and socioeconomic justice in the Qur’ān and Sunna and its impact on women, family and society. It provides a concise overview of the Qur’ānic paradigm and its principles on gender-justice, and an overview of familial relations and its impact on socioeconomic stability. It also examines the controversial views on the concept of qiwamma, and its impact on gender roles in the family and society. It argues that the Qur’ānic organic unity and Qur’ānic principles can be used as a methodological model for interpreting the Qur’ān and examines how to engage the Prophet’s Sunna holistically in the light of the Qurʾānic messages and objectives. Finally, the chapter concludes by presenting some effective strategies on empowering women and the poor, reducing poverty, and preserving family stability.

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Seeking Guidance: Contemplating the Qur’an

In this age of globalization, technology and the vast spread of information, we as Muslims need a model to better capture dimensions of Muslim reality more effectively. We need guidance. As it was well stated from the first surah, al-Fatihah the Opening. “You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help. Guide us on the straight path, the path of those who have received your grace; not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray” (1:5-7). Surah al-Fatihah teaches us the attitude of a seeker-after-truth and to recognize the fact that the Lord of the Universe is the source of all knowledge. God continues revealing his love and mercy upon us by teaching us where to find the guidance.  The Qur’ān is Huda (guidance), as stated in the second surah 2:2-5, “This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who are cautious and mindful of Allah.” Read More

Academic Articles and Chapter Books

The Muslim World

In October 2014, Dr. Alwani wrote an article called Maqāṣid Qur᾽āniyya: A Methodology on Evaluating Modern Challenges and Fiqh al-Aqalliyyāt for a special issue of The Muslim World journal entitled “Judaism and Islam in America.”

She also served as the co-editor of the issue. You can find the articles here. See pages 385–388.

Interfaith Just PeaceMaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War

In 2012, Dr. Alwani contributed a book chapter called “Conflict Resolution: Muslim reflection” to the book “Interfaith Just PeaceMaking.” The chapter demonstrates how the Islamic model protects the solidarity of the community and emphasizes the importance of a clear, structured process for solving conflicts. You can read the chapter here.

Setting the Record Straight: Aisha and the Tradition Reclaiming a Lost Legacy

In 2002, Dr. Alwani wrote this paper called “Aicha Istidrakat and Their Methodological Premises: Reclaiming a Stunted Tradition” to draw attention to an important and under-researched area in hadith scholarship, identified with a revisionary body of literature that takes for its scope the verification and validation of prophetic tradition. You can read the paper published in the journal of Women and Civilization here.

Critical Reading in al-Ghazālī’s Usul al Fiah Legal theory Books Qira’a fi Kutub al-Ghazālī al Usulia

In 2001, Dr. Alwani wrote an article analyzing the work of Imam al-Ghazālī in jurisprudence. You can read the article here.

Family Relations: An Islamic Perspective

Islam, as God’s final message to humanity, came to light in a brutal and cruel environment. Violence was a common practice in pre-Islamic Arabic, and the weak and the needy, orphans and widows, and slaves and servants, both there and around the world, had no defined rights. Islam came to establish justice and mercy in the heart of a cruel world. The Qur’an emphasizes that all people are created equal as regards their inherent worth and value, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or class. Islam prohibited any oppressive behavior that violates justice, mercy, equality, and freedom.  Read More

Interfaith Just Peacemaking: A Muslim Reflection

As Muslims, we regard the Qur’an as the last divine speech revealed by God. It came with a message that is universal and to an audience that comprises all of humanity. Islam yields a set of peace-building values that, if constantly and systematically applied, can transcend all levels of conflicts. These values include justice (‘adl), beneficence (ihsan), and wisdom (hikmah), which constitute core principles in peacemaking strategies and conflict resolution.  Read More

Religion, Gender, and Family Law: Critical Perspectives on Integration for European Muslims

For well over three decades, Muslim scholars and legal experts residing in Europe and elsewhere have been engaged in a concerted effort to employ classical legal frameworks and principles to formulate religious rulings appropriate to the European sociopolitical and cultural milieu. Read More