About the Journal

Established in 1984, AJISS is a quarterly, double blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal, published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and distributed worldwide. The journal showcases a wide variety of scholarly research on all facets of Islam and the Muslim world.

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Current Issue

Vol 35 No 4 (2018): American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

The current AJISS issue opens with an editorial that draws attention to the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkestan facing sustained Chinese government persecution. The issue then features two main articles.

The first article, by Dr. Mohammad Syifa Amin Widigdo, argues that the Aristotelian dialectic was adopted within medieval Islamic theology and law and Christian scholasticism toward distinctive purposes: the Greeks aimed to defeat an opponent by showing logical contradictions, Christian scholastics searched for the truth by bringing out the preexisting truth in the mind of the teacher, and Muslim dialecticians employed it to arrive at a level of certainty in knowledge in both epistemological and psychological senses.

The second article reports multi-author empirical research by Drs. Bartkowski, Acevedo, Karakeci, and Campbell on the analysis of data extracted from the World Values Survey. It investigates early twenty-first century religious influences on Turkish Muslim women’s attitudes toward gender inequality, hypothesizing that religious devotion among Muslim women in Turkey is associated with greater support for gender inequality across the institutional domains of family.

Finally, following the book reviews, the issue includes an extensive and erudite response by Professor Sherman Jackson to some crucial and timely issues raised by Professor Kecia Ali, who has argued that Muslim male scholars often omit, overlook, undervalue, or dismiss the scholarly views and interventions of female scholars. Jackson’s response is thoughtful, engaging, and respectful, even if it refuses to grant the premise of Ali’s argument.

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Published: 2018-10-29


Aristotelian Dialectic, Medieval Jadal, and Medieval Scholastic Disputation

Mohammad Syifa Amin Widigdo
Abstract 389 | PDF Downloads 227

Page 1-24

Islam and Support for Gender Inequality among Women in Turkey

John Bartkowski, Gabriel Acevedo, Gulcimen Karakeci, Favor Campbell
Abstract 164 | PDF Downloads 173

Page 25-55

Book Review

Pilgrimage in Islam: Traditional and Modern Practices

Nazar Ul Islam Wani
Abstract 28 |

Page 62-64

Palestine…It Is Something Colonial

Shelby Perez
Abstract 17 |

Page 64-67

Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading

Shehnaz Haqqani
Abstract 21 |

Page 68-71

Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why

Grant Marthinsen
Abstract 17 |

Page 72-75

The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī (Volume 1)

Tobias Andersson
Abstract 10 |

Page 75-78

The Fatimids: The Rise of a Muslim Empire

Ameen Omar
Abstract 31 |

Page 79-83