Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

Introductory Remarks

This essay is presented in seven sections, beginning with a discussion of Art. 1 of the Afghan Constitution of 2004 (hereafter: Constitution 2004), which declared Afghanistan an Islamic republic. This is followed by a brief look at the position of the Head of State, and then an analysis of Art. 130 and 131 Constitution 2004 on the application of hanafi and shi'i jurisprudence respectively in the legal order of Afghanistan. The 2004 Constitution broke new ground by recognizing shi'i jurisprudence as a source of law in Afghanistan............. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Excerpt from The Shariah in the Constitutions of Afghanistan, Iran and Egypt - Implications for Private Law, Ed. Nadjam Yassari. Germany, 2005.


The teaching of Islam in Western Universities is a work in progress; it faces challenges and raises questions. It has no privileged position, and even the understanding of what it means often lacks precision. Alongside Arabic, the basic Islamic discipline such as Qur'anic exegesis, hadith, jurisprudence, scholastic theology and Sufism should be included. To this should be added the study of the history of Muslim societies, contemporary as well as across the 14th centuries of the Islamic experience of Muslim communities.This spread is not evenly covered, even in universities where the study of islam has a place.By and large, courses relating to Islam (where available)are either specialized, attracting small numbers of students, or set in a political science framework designed to attract students who have an interest generated by the "war on terror".In fact Islam is rarely presented as a religion, and all that this implies.


By Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Zarina Nalla

Excerpt from The Teaching and Study of Islam in Western Universities, Ed. Paul Morris, William Shepard, Toni Tidswell and Paul Trebilco. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Islam, Rationality and Science

Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:53 Published in Articles


The debate over the compatibility of Islam and science still continues to invoke responses from basically two opposite camps: those who reject outright the prospect and feasibility of a compromise between religion and science, and those who see a compromise as not only reasonable but necessary if an equilibrium of values were to be kept in perspective............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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