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Zakyi Ibrahim

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800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

Zakyi  Ibrahim, Ph.D.

Professor & Department chair

 

 

Degrees

2002, Ph.D., Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

1997, M.A., Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

1993, B.A., International Islamic University, Malaysia

 

 

Research Areas

My research interests lie in the thematic and topical investigation of the Qur’an and its classical & modern supporting sources, presented in an interdisciplinary approach that has substantive and methodological relevance to Islam. I also have a special interest in “ Islam in Africa ” and “ Women in Islam.

 

 

Publications

(a)  Books:

1. Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (d. 2004) and His Impact on Northern Ghana (New Haven:Yale University Press: forthcoming, 2018). Part of Yale University Press Series on "World Thought in Translation."

 

(b) Articles and Reviews:

1. “Ibn Hazm's Theory of Prophecy of Women: Literalism, Logic and Perfection.  Intellectual Discourse, 23: 1 (2015): 75-100.

 

2. "Anker en voertuig", in Jürgen Mettepenningen (ed.), Geloven - Spirituele denkers uit de hele wereld getuigen, (Tielt: Lannoo, 2015), p. 73-78. (Dutch; original English version in Editorials below).

 

3. “NEBÎ VEYA RESÛL: NE KADAR KUR’ÂNÎ BIR KAVRAMDIR?” Trans. Burhan Sümertas. Turkish Studies, 9: 5 (2014): 1805 - 1825. (Turkish).

 

4. “A Sociopolitical Analysis of the Verses of Peace, Qur’an 8: 61-62.” International Journal on World Peace XXX: 1 (2013): 89- 113.

 

5. “Kur’ân’da Yeminler: Bintü’ş-Şâti’nin Edebî Katkısı.” Trans. Burhan Sümertas. The Journal of Academic Social Science Studies 6: 3 (2013): 947-970. (Turkish).

 

6. “Oaths in the Qur’an: Bint al-Shat’i’s Literary Contribution,” Islamic Studies 48: 4 (2009) 475- 498.  

  

7. “African Islam: Marriage, Mobility and Education of Women in Dan Fodio's Nineteenth Century Reforms,” Religion Compass 3: 2 (2009): 168- 181.

 

8. “A Prophet or a Messenger: How Bona Fide a Qur'anic Concept?” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 26:1 (2009): 20- 46. (prior to becoming the editor).

 

9. “KUR’ÂN’DA İLETİŞİM MODELLERİ: ALLAH-İNSAN ETKİLEŞİMI.” Trans. Burhan Sümertas. Dokuz Eylul Universitesi Ilahiyat Fakultesi Dergisi. XXXI/2010, ss. 235-261. (Turkish).

 

10. “God’s Speech and Its Implication to Him as a Communicator,” Hamdard Islamicus29: 3 (2006): 7- 14.

 

11. “Models of Communication in the Qur’an: Divine-Human Interaction,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 22:1 (2005): 70-95. (prior to becoming the editor).

 

12. “Review of Producing Islamic Knowledge: Transmission and Dissemination in Western Europe,” by Martin van Bruinessen & Stefano Allievi, ed. Review of Middle East Studies, RoMES 47:1 (2013), 75- 77.

 

13. “Review of Islam and the Political: Theory, Governance and International Relations,” by Amr G. E. Sabet. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 38:1 (April 2011), 122-125; Online: DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2011.559004.

 

14. “Review of Political Islam, World Politics and Europe: Democratic Peace and Euro-Islam versus Global Jihad,” by Bassam Tibi. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 38:1 (April 2011), 125-127; Online: DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2011.559004.

 

15.“Review of Said Nursi,” by C. Turner and H. Horkuc, Contemporary Islam, 5 (2011), 85-87; Online: DOI 10.1007/s11562-009-0113-z (2010).

 

 

(c) Other Published Works as EDITOR in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS, 2009-2017):

 

Editorial, “An Anchor and a Vehicle: A Muslim’s Reflection on His Faith” (2017), 34:1. (Dutch version is under “Articles and Reviews” above).

 

Editorial, “Consensus in Islamic legal System: An Indispensable or Negligible Source?” (2016), 33: 4.

 

Editorial, “Reinstating the Queens: Reassessing the Hadith on Women’s Political Leadership” (2016), 33: 2.

 

Editorial, “Muslim Scholars’ Take on the Negative Consequences of Terrorism” (2016), 33:1.

 

Editorial, “Violent Muslim Extremism Flagrantly Dares the World: A Critical Reflection” (2015), 32:4.

 

Editorial, “Un-Islamic or Non-Muslim: The Identity of Violent Extremist Elements among Muslims” (2015), 32: 2. 

 

Editorial, “Muslim Men Writing for Muslim Women: Ibn Al-Jawzi’s Ahkam al-Nisa’” (2014), 31: 4. 

 

Editorial, “The Study of Islam in African Universities: Reflections on Ghana” (2014), 31: 3.

Editorial, "Like the Scum of a Torrent": When Exactly Will Muslims Fit This Prophetic Metaphor?” (2014), 31: 2.

 

Editorial, “The Martin Luther of Islam?: Ismail al-Faruqi’s Impact on Contemporary Islamic Intellectualism” 31: 1 (2014).

 

Editorial, “Ibn Hazm’s Legal Contribution” (2013) 30: 3.

 

Editorial, “Ibn Hazm: A Profile of A Muslim Scholar” (2013) 30: 2.

 

Editorial, “Why Muslims will Always Sacrifice Animals on The Eid” (2013) 30:1.

 

Editorial, “Sayyid Qutb on the Qur’an’s Artistic and Activist Dimensions” (2012) 29: 4 

 

Editorial, “The Question of (Mis)interpreting the Qur’an By Muslims” (2012) 29: 2.

 

Editorial, “The Stigma of Extremism on Muslims” (2012) 29:1.

 

Editorial, “Muslim Intellectualism in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings” (2011) 28: 4.

 

Editorial, “Peace among Muslims: Religious Obligation or Political Expediency?” (2011) 28: 2.

 

Editorial, “To Revolt or Not to Revolt: A Muslim’s Perspective on the Egyptian Experiment” (2011) 28: 1.

 

Editorial, “Islam and Pluralism” (2010) 27:4.

 

Conference Report, “The Legacy of Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi: Thought and Institution” (2010) 27: 3. Pp. 141- 143.

 

Editorial, “Imams and Fighting Radicalism in North America” (2010) 27: 2.

 

Editorial, “Evil and Islamic Theodicy” (2010) 27: 1.

 

Editorial, “To Use ‘God’ or ‘Allah’?” (2009) 26: 4.

 

Editorial, “The Taliban and the Shari’ah in Swat Valley” (2009) 26: 2.

 

 (d) Works in Progress:

1.  Introduction to Islam: A Textbook for American Universities and Colleges.

Description:

This book in progress comprises of class lectures for the past fourteen years from three universities. Unique about this textbook, besides the usual topics, are the “Hot Topics” found under each chapter.

 

2.  Makers of Contemporary Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Description:

After writing about one Muslim scholar in Ghana, his activities and his impact, which would be great for research and teaching about Islamic thought in Africa, I plan to work more on editing a book that would be excellent for classes on Islam in Africa. “Makers of Contemporary Islam…” As an editor of a journal who sends manuscripts to experts all over the world, I will assemble world-class researchers to write about several important African Scholars who have made an intellectual and religious difference in their communities all over Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

3. “A Structural Analysis of Qur’an 56: Whose assessment is it Anyway?

Description:

In line with my primary intellectual interest, this paper will focus squarely on chapter 56 of the Qur’an. Although this chapter is popular among average Muslims for allegedly alleviating financial difficulties, this study will analyze its stylistics and dissect its internal structural consistencies. It will show that chapter 56 is an excellent example of “internal coherence.”

 

 Conferences/Workshops 

 (a) Professional:

 

Presenter: “Application of Hermeneutical Theory to the Peace Verses of the Qur'an.” Symposium on Scripture, Hermeneutics and Language. Department of Religious Studies in Collaboration with WSI, San Diego State University, San Diego,  CA, April, 2015.

 

Presenter: (2013, October). “Science and Islam.” Science and Islam Series, The American Islamic Congress and Project Nur. University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. October 2013.

 

Panelist: “The Study of Islam in African Universities: Is it a Priority?” 55th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Philadelphia, PA. November 29- December 1, 2012.

 Presenter: “A Sociopolitical Analysis of the Verses of Peace, Qur’an 8: 61- 62.” Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace (The 8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association). Menno Simons College and the Global College. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 1-2, 2010.

 

Presenter: “Some Sociological Perspectives of Dan Fodio’s 19th Century Reforms.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, (Washington, DC, Nov. 18-21, 2006).

 

Presenter: “Ibn Hazm on the Prophecy of Women.” American Oriental Society Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. March 17-20, 2006.

  

Presenter: “Beliefs and Traditions of Islam in America and the World” Conference on “Teaching the World Religions in Our Midst: America’s Expanding Religious Pluralism.” (National University), Santa Ana, California, December 3-4, 2010.

 

Panel Chair: “Islamic Traditions and Comparative Modernities.” (The 38th Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social sciences of North America) Charlottesville, Virginia, September 25-26, 2009.

 

Presenter: “Islam in Africa” Global Perspectives on Africa. International Studies for Middle and High School Teachers, Cornell University. June 26-27, 2006.

 

(b) University and Community:

 

Panel Chair: “A Decade in Review.” Iraq After Ten Years of war: Its Causes and Consequences (California State

 University Fullerton) April 18-19, 2013.

 

Presenter: “Leadership of Women from an Islamic Perspective.” Public Lecture.

(Organized by Women’s Center, CSUF) December 4, 2012.

 

Presenter: “ Peace and Muslims from the Qur’anic Perspective.” Public Lecture, (Organized by Comparative

Religion Student Association, CSUF) April 14, 2011.

 

Presenter: “Beliefs and Traditions of Islam in America and the World” Conference on “Teaching the World Religions in Our Midst: America’s Expanding Religious Pluralism.” (National University), Santa Ana, California, December 3-4, 2010.

 

Participant: Faculty Grant Writing Workshop. (University of Kentucky/ National Institute of General Medical Sciences) Lexington, Kentucky, May 5-7, 2008.

 

Keynote Speaker: “Some Lessons from the Prophet’s Life For Contemporary Muslims.” The 2nd Annual General Meeting (Malaysian Islamic Foundation of North America) Los Angeles, California,

April 5, 2008.

 

Panelist: “Issues in Health Care for Specific Religions.” (Spirituality and Health Care). Religious Diversity Forum, CSUF. November 3, 2007.

 

Presenter: “How Does Islam Seek to Promote Non-Violence?” Science and Religion: Harmony or Discord? Religious Diversity Forum, CSUF. November 5, 2006.

 

Presenter: “Origins of Islam.” Dartmouth Club of Orange County, CA. November 8,

2006.

 

Presenter: “The Spiritual Dimension of Healing: An Islamic Perspective.”  Religion and Life Week: Medicine and Miracles (The University of Winnipeg, Canada), March 1- 5, 2004.

 

Presenter: “Contemporary Islam.”  Interfaith Group Study (The Epiphany Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, Canada), March 14- April 18, 2004.

 

(c) International:

 

Presenter: “Isma`il Al-Faruqi’s Contribution to Islamic Thought,” 2nd International Conference on Contemporary

Scholarship on Islam: The Legacy of Isma`il Raji al-Faruqi,  Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia, October, 2013.

 

Presenter: “A Sociopolitical Analysis of the Verses of Peace, Qur’an 8: 61- 62.” Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace (The 8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association). Menno Simons College and the Global College. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 1-2, 2010.

 

Panelist: “Some Challenges of Inter-Civilizational Dialogue Between Islam and the West?” International Conference on “Inter-Civilizational Dialogue: Insight from Azerbaijan.” (Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy) Baku, Azerbaijan, November 11-12, 2009.

 

Participant: International Forum on “Expanding the Role of Women in Cross-Cultural Dialogue.” (UNISCO & Heydar Aliyev Foundation) Baku, Azerbaijan, June 10 -11, 2008.

 

 

 

Teaching & Professional Roles

I teach courses in all aspects of Islam (including Qur'anic studies, History and Development of Islamic Thought, Classical and Contemporary Islam, Women in Islam, Political Islam), Methods of Studying Religion, World Religions, and African and African-American Religions and Spirituality.

I was the editor (Jan. 2009- Dec. 2016) of the internationally recognized journal “The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS). 

Before joining California State University, Fullerton, I taught, as an Assistant Professor, in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, and in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. My desire for interdisciplinary approach led to my M.A. thesis on "Communication Models in the Qur'an: God-Human Interaction," and to my Ph.D. dissertation on "Prophecy of Women in the Qur'an with a Special Focus on Ibn Hazm's Theory."