New Publication Looks Into Islam in American Diaspora
December 01, 2014
“Is practicing Islam in the American Diaspora identical to its practice in other countries, or must a new Islamic jurisprudence be developed that takes into account the culture, customs and laws of this country?”
This is the central question around which world-renowned Islamic scholar and author Dr. Azizah al-Hibri bases her discussion and analysis of Islamic Jurisprudence within a 21st century American context. The Islamic Worldview is the first volume of Islamic Jurisprudence: An American Muslim Perspective, a groundbreaking series that revisits traditional Islamic jurisprudence in order to develop a modern enlightened understanding of Islam with respect to gender, marriage, family, and democratic governance. With Qur’anic textual analysis and commentary, it provides both the Muslim and non-Muslim reader with a basic understanding of the legal foundations of Islam. It introduces the sources of Islamic law and their significance in the hierarchy of Islamic jurisprudence while presenting Dr. al-Hibri’s articulation of the Islamic worldview, developed in light of modern day concerns, such as those relating to gender, race and class. The Islamic Worldview introduces the Qur’an as the supreme source of Islamic law and discusses basic rules and principles that have been noted by jurists over time in understanding and interpreting it, and how these rules can and have been applied toward the evolution of a uniquely Islamic global perspective. The book features extensive endnotes which appear in their own section at the end of the book. Also, transliterated Arabic text appears with translation, and a special glossary of Arabic terms appears at the end of the manuscript.