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Transformation of Islamic studies: an ethical and methodological analysis

Ali, Mohd Mumtaz (2024) Transformation of Islamic studies: an ethical and methodological analysis. IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies, 6 (2). pp. 120-138. E-ISSN 2637-112X

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The field of Islamic Studies, like any other discipline, necessitates ongoing research and refinement. However, the nature of this researchwhether theoretical, empirical, or a combination of both- remains a critical question. This inquiry prompts a reconsideration of Islamic Studies, prompting a re-evaluation of its scope and methodological foundations. Historically rooted in a limited perspective that framed Islam solely as a religious phenomenon, this paper contends that such a narrow conception fails to capture the comprehensive essence of Islam, as portrayed in the Qur’an. Islam, according to the Qur’an, is a holistic worldview encompassing a way of life, a source of values, morals, laws, and universal principles crucial for cultural and civilisational development. The argument presented herein posits that the scope of Islamic Studies must transcend the confines of traditional religious studies. Instead, it advocates for a paradigm shift towards a more comprehensive examination that includes issues related to worldview, way of life, culture, and civilisation. This paper asserts the imperative need for a transformative approach in Islamic Studies, advocating for a broader research program that addresses the multifaceted dimensions of Islam. Utilising a qualitative method of content analysis, this paper aims to explore and analyse the scope and objectives of Islamic Studies, identifying research problems that extend beyond conventional religious frameworks. Ultimately, the paper seeks to situate Islamic Studies within a broader cultural and civilisational context, emphasising its role in fostering human and social development.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic Studies, Subject-Mater, scope, Din, religion, civilisation
Subjects: BPL Islamic education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Mohd Ali
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2024 10:02
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2024 10:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/111222

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