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A Methodology for Understanding the Qurʾān in the Modern Day

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani This paper is concerned with the Qurʾānic methodology of Al-waḥda al-bināʾiyya li-l-Qurʾān and its impact in the arena of religious sciences and beyond. I provide a concise overview of the classical and contemporary debates concerning the genealogy of this method, including examples and a brief analysis of the works of a …

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With A’isha In Mind: Reading Surat Al-Nur Through The Quran’s Structural Unity

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani While a multiplicity of interpretations is a consistent historical feature in Qur’anic scholarship, the intratextual method (tafsir al-Qur’an bi-l-Qur’an) has been accepted as a central method of interpretation. Building upon this method, this chapter explores and furthers the methodology of Al-wahda al-bina’iyya li-l-Qur’an (the Qur’an’s structural unity) and argues that reading …

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Marriage: The Cornerstone of Civilization

By: Dr. Zainab Alwani Although there may be hurt feelings on both sides, the [Quran] advises compassion in decision-making, encouraging the couple to remember anything good that they shared. As Salma Abugideiri and [Zainab Alwani] explain in What Islam says about domestic violence (Herndon: FAITH, 2008): “The psychological… View Article

Beyond Tolerance: Lessons on Religious Tension from Nigeria

By: Oludamini Ogunnaike “If we want to keep America’s religious tensions from erupting as they have in Nigeria, we need to move beyond mere tolerance and begin valuing and reaping the benefits of our nation’s diverse religious landscape. We also cannot take a peaceful civil society for granted. We need to fight for peace by …

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“Domestic Violence: Islamic Perspective” by Zainab Alwani

By: Zainab Alwani Islam, as the final message from God to humankind, came to light in a brutal and cruel environment. Violence was a common practice in Arabia and around the world at that time. The weak and needy, orphans and widows, and slaves and servants had no defined rights in such a world. Islam …

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Religion-Based Claim in Abuse Case Wisely Pierced by Appeals Court

By: Abed Awad, Esq. The three-judge panel held on July 23 in S.D. v. M.J.R , A-6107-08, that the defendant’s nonconsensual sexual intercourse with his wife was “unquestionably knowing, regardless of his view that his religion permitted him to act as he did.” The ruling is a good first step toward undoing a misperception that …

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