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Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.

Research is the core of KARAMAH’s work, and serves as the bridge between thought and action in the struggle for justice. 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, and human rights for all, in an Islamic context. However, an understanding of Islamic jurisprudence alone is not enough to build networks of Muslim women and men around the world who support this mission. 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.

KARAMAH’s 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, is vital to the success of many of KARAMAH’s endeavors. With their guidance and scholarly contributions, KARAMAH communicates knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence, leadership, and conflict resolution to the public at large by way of our educational programming and Law and Leadership Summer Program (LLSP).


An Introduction to the Study of Al-Qawaid Al-Fiqhiyya

Noha Adel Bakr

” The earliest phase of jurisprudential development in the Islamic context is characterized by a shift in focus from the Qurʾān to the sunna of the Prophet Muhammad as the preeminent source of guidance in legal matters facing the Muslim community. This shift mirrors and anticipates a similar shift in the mental process that the legist(Fuqahā’, s. Faqīh) employed when reaching his legal determinations: from using his own independent reasoning to referring to the sunna of the prophet as the authoritative precedent/source for reaching a legal decision.”

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Islamic Law in Secular Courts (again): Teachable Moments from the Journey

Hdeel Abdelhady

” A trio of English Court cases illustrates some of the issues and complications that arise when secular courts are asked to resolve disputes involving Islamic law, Muslim litigants and Islamic financial institutions. These cases also demonstrate the need for the further clarification and harmonization of Islamic law, particularly in banking and finance.”

Capital Punishment in the United States: An Islamic Perspective

Azizah al-Hibri, Esq.

“Capital punishment is imposed in the United States for a limited number of reasons, such as treason and murder. Recently, all executions have been related to crimes of intentional murder, the most notable example being the approaching execution of Timothy McVeigh who caused the death of hundreds of Americans in Oklahoma City by blowing up a federal building. The basic arguments in support of capital punishment derive from two concepts: retribution and deterrence. In discussing the Islamic view of capital punishment, we shall therefore focus on the crime of intentional murder.”

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On Being A Muslim Corporate Lawyer

Azizah al-Hibri, Esq.

“It is not easy for me to discern the ways in which my faith has informed my professional life. I have been shielded from this awareness for most of my adult life by thick layers of subconscious denial. The interesting antecedent question thus becomes: ‘Why did I feel the need to deny, to shield myself from a recognition of the relationship between my faith and my profession?’ Upon reflection, the puzzling answer I settle upon is: ‘Because I am trying to be a good American Muslim.'”

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