This issue begins with an editorial on humanistic education and Islam by the journal editor, Ovamir Anjum.

It then features two research articles: Kareem Rosshandler’s “A Review of Contemporary Arabic Scholarship on the Use of Isrā’īliyyāt for Interpreting the Qur’an” is an important exploration of how modern Arabophone Muslim exegetes employ Israelite narratives in their commentaries. The second article, Abbas Ahsan’s “Quine’s Ontology and the Islamic Tradition,” 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, “Islam in English,” Oludamini Ogunnaike and Mohammed Rustom make a case for new vocabulary that could express, not merely describe, Islam in English.

Published: 2019-04-15

Issue Sample


Review Essay

Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World, 2nd ed.

Abu Zayd
Abstract 199 | PDF Downloads 171

Page 64-73

Book Review

Suburban Islam (by Justine Howe)

Kayla Renée Wheeler
Abstract 76 | PDF Downloads 0

Page 78-82

Young Muslim America: Faith, Community, and Belonging (by Muna Ali)

Hussein Rashid
Abstract 78 | PDF Downloads 0

Page 82-84

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires (by Juan Cole)

Ahmed Zakarya Mitiche
Abstract 93 | PDF Downloads 0

Page 92-95

Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (bt Mona Hassan)

Alden Young
Abstract 101 | PDF Downloads 0

Page 95-98


Islam in English

Oludamini Ogunnaike, Mohammed Rustom
Abstract 112 | PDF Downloads 0

Page 102-111