Research is the core of KARAMAH’s work, and serves as the bridge between thought and action in the struggle for Muslim women’s rights. KARAMAH’s authentic, yet innovative research in Islamic jurisprudence is the source of the knowledge base essential to the promotion of the rights of Muslim women throughout the world. However, an understanding of Islamic jurisprudence alone is not enough to build networks of Muslim women and men around the world who support the rights Islam grants to women. In order to become agents of change, future leaders also need knowledge and skills that will allow them to navigate sensitive issues and cogently present their thoughts. For this reason, KARAMAH also produces, collects, and disseminates research on leadership and conflict resolution.
Highly-qualified scholars in their own right, KARAMAH’s research staff is vital to the success of many of KARAMAH’s endeavors. One of their major responsibilities is to develop curricula for KARAMAH’s educational programs, and their expertise is also shared first-hand with program participants when KARAMAH scholars teach in our programs and workshops. Our Research team communicates knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence, leadership, and conflict resolution to the public at large, often speaking at scholarly functions. They are also frequent commentators on news programs, bringing our unique perspective to current events.
Research staff also has the task of monitoring and maintaining our Jurist Network – a network of over 400 scholars from around the world who contribute scholarly works on a variety of topics to our scholarship database.