Category: Articles

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

The Qur’anic Model on Social Change: Family Structure as a Method of Social Reform

Islam emphasizes the belief that the family is the cornerstone of human civilization. This article explains that Islamic teachings regarding family structure are unique in providing theoretical and practical answers to modern challenges and have the ability to reform any deviation. Read More

Quranic Concepts on Gender Relations

The essence of the Islamic paradigm is grounded in the concept of tawhid, the Oneness and Uniqueness of God. The coherence of the central belief system in Islam is based on the relationship between the act of submission (to God) and its consequences in a state of peace. At the core of this relationship is the concept of tawhid (oneness of God), by virtue of which submission is transformed into a dynamic and ongoing act. That is the meaning of ‘ibada (devotion or worship[1]).

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The Quran as the Final Arbiter of Diverse Interpretations – The Mosque in Morgantown

The Mosque in Morgantown brings to the forefront critical issues regarding the identity of the American Muslim community, the position of women in the mosque and the authority to interpret religious texts. This essay specifically addresses the question of Qur’anic interpretation, which is at the heart of any juristic interpretation. Some of the questions brought forth in the documentary are ones that have been debated among scholars throughout Islamic history. Other questions, however, are a product of the unique circumstances that face the Muslim American community in the twenty-first century. This essay explores the following: Who possesses the authority to interpret the Qur’an? What are the limits of Qur’anic interpretation? If the Qur’an is universal, then how do its interpretations continue to be relevant for every age and society? When there is a multiplicity of interpretations, how do we determine which interpretation best reflects God’s intention?

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