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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

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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