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Islamic Legal Studies

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law

ISBN: 9780199679010
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191758331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199679010.013.1
Islamic Legal Studies

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This article examines the politics of knowledge production in the field of Islamic Studies, including Islamic Legal Studies, in the context of the Qur’an and Islamic law. It thinks broadly and freshly about Islamic Studies, categorizing it anew, by considering the study of the Qur’an as it relates to three forms of Islamic Studies: White Supremacist Islamic Studies (WhiSIS), Patriarchal Islamic Legal Studies (PILS), and Intersectional Islamic Studies (IIS). The article examines the fundamental assumptions of WhiSIS and PILS, uncovering their operational logics, before discussing the theoretical framework that underlies IIS’ approach to Islamic Studies. It analyzes the critiques that WhiSIS and PILS level against IIS, and the challenges that IIS poses for both WhiSIS and PILS. It concludes by considering the role of IIS in the future of Islamic Studies.

Keywords: Islamic Studies; Islamic Legal Studies; Qur’an; Islamic law; White Supremacy Patriarchy; Intersectionality; Feminism; Muslims; Islam

Article.  20200 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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