Past Issues of JSIS (contents)

Past issues of the Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (JSIS) are listed below in order of publication. Please note that some old issues have been made available as PDF. Also, from Volume 5, Number 1 (Winter 2012), all articles and book reviews are available via Project MUSE. Digital copy of past issues have also been added on Project MUSE.


Philosophy in Islam: The Concept of Shiʿism as a Philosophical Genre [130-143]
Oliver Leaman

Use of Transmission Patterns in Contemporary Shiʿi Isnād Analysis [144-164]
Seyfeddin Kara

A Comparative Study of Islamic Feminist and Traditional Shiʿi Approaches to Qurʾanic Exegesis [166-195]
Mohammed Ali Ismail

Tafsīr al-Ṭabarī and Shiʿa Tafsīrs [196-221]
Morteza Karimi-Nia

Book Reviews

Ibn ʿArabī: Vida y enseñanzas del gran místico andalusí, by Fernando Mora, 2011 and Ibn al-ʿArabī and Islamic,
Intellectual Culture: From mysticism to philosophy
, by Caner K. Dagli, 2016. [222-227]
Brian Welter

Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India, by Nile Green, 2012. [228-233]
Hunter Bandy

Sufism and American Literary Masters, ed. Mehdi Aminrazavi, 2014. [234-236]
Julianne Hazen

Sayyids and Sharifs in Muslim Societies: The living links to the Prophet, ed. Morimoto Kazuo, 2012. [237-240]
Robert Riggs

Secularism and Identity: Non-Islamiosity in the Iranian Diaspora,by Reza Gholami, 2015. [241-244]
Kathryn Spellman Poots

Book Notes [119-124]

1. Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions, by Christian Lange, 2016. (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

2. Towards Eternal Life, by Muhammad Saeed Bahmanpour, trans. Abbas Jaffer, 2016. (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

3. Foundations of Arabic Grammar: A Parallel English-Arabic Textbook, trans. Mohammad Mehdi Baghi, 2016. (reviewed by Mohammed Ali Ismail)

4. Magic in Islam, by Michael Muhammad Knight, 2016. (reviewed by Amina Inloes)


Philosophy and Shiʿism: Two Sides of the Same Coin? [5-16]
Oliver Leaman

The Study of Shiʿi Islam in Western Academia [17-37]
Liyakat Takim

Right to Offense, Right to Shiaphobia: A Rhetorical Analysis of Yasir Qadhi’s Framings of Offense [39-62]
Shereen Yousuf

Struggling with Political Limitation: Shaykh al‑Mufīd’s Approach to Shiʿi Juristic Authority [63-94]
Ali Ahmad Rasekh

Book Reviews

An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. 5: From the School of Shiraz to the Twentieth Century, ed. Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Mehdi Aminrazavi, 2015 [95-99]
Muhammad U. Faruque

Female Personalities in the Qurʾan and Sunna: Examining the Major Sources of Imami Shiʿi Islam, by Rawand Osman, 2015 [100-105]
Asma Sayeed

Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of Statecraft, ed. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, 2013 [106-108]
Antony Black

The Shiʿites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism and Hizbullah’s Islamists, by Rula Jurdi Abisaab
and Malek Abisaab, 2014 [109-113]
Jehan Saleh Al‑Azzawi

The Other Saudis: Shiism Dissent and Sectarianism, by Toby Matthiesen, 2015 [114-118]
Alexander Khaleeli

Book Notes [119-124]

1. Astronomy and Astrology in the Islamic World, by Stephen P. Blake, 2016 (reviewed by Mohammad Mesbahi)

2. An Eleventh-Century Egyptian Guide to the Universe: The Book of Curiosities, ed. and trans. by Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith, 2014 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

3. Desire of the Aspirant: On the Etiquette of the Teacher and the Student, by al‑Shahid al‑Thani, trans. Alexander Khaleeli, 2016 (reviewed by Mohammed Ali Ismail)

4. Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)


New Light on the Collection and Authenticity of the Qurʾān: The Case for the Existence of a ‘Master Copy’ and how it Relates to the Reading of Ḥafṣ ibn Sulaymān from ʿĀsim ibn Abī al-Nujūd [409-448]
Ahmed El-Wakil

The Ṣāliḥiyyah School in Qazvīn and Shiīʿī Religious Authority, with an Emphasis on Scholars from the Baraghānī Family [449-472]
Isa Jahangir

Marjaʿiyyah from Below: Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religious Authority [473-490]
Thomas Fibiger

Ashura in the Malay-Indonesian World: The Ten Days of Muḥarram in Sumatra as Depicted by Nineteenth-Century Dutch Scholars [491-508]
Majid Daneshgar, Faisal Ahmad Shah, and Arnold Yasin Mol

Book Reviews

Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur’an Commentary Ascribed by the Ṣūfīs to Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq (d. 148/175), trans. and annotated by Farhana Mayer, 2011 [507-512]
Hamid Algar

Al-Māturīdī and the Development of Sunnī Theology in Samarqand, by Ulrich Rudolph, trans. Rodrigo Adem, 2014 [513-516].
Omar Anchassi

Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East, by Eid Mohamed, 2015 [517-518]
Laetitia Nanquette

The Shrines of the ʿAlids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shiʿis and the Architecture of Coexistence, by Stephennie Mulder, 2014 [519-521]
Cleo Cantone

Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722, by Andrew J. Newman, 2013 [522-525]
John Cappucci

Annäherung an Toleranz: Ausgangspunkte,Kontexte und zeitgenössische Interpretationen des Toleranzbegriffs aus dem schiitischen Islam, by Stephan Kokew, 2014 [526-530]
Oliver Scharbrodt

Book Notes [531-536]

1. The Silent Qur’an and the Speaking Qur’an: Scriptural Sources of Islam
Between History and Fervor
by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, trans. Eric
Ormsby, 2016 (reviewed by Alexander Khaleeli)

2. Islamic Counselling: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, by G. Hussein
Rassool, 2016 (reviewed by Brian Welter)

3. Bahrain’s Uprising, ed. Alaa’a Shehabi & Marc Owen Jones, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

4. Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past, by Sally Howell, 2014 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)


Wealth and Poverty in the Qurʾan and Traditions of the Prophet, and How Those Concepts are Reflected in the Rasaʾil Ikhwan al-Safaʾ [263-287]
Ismail Poonawala

God and the Present Voice: An Investigation into the Dialogical Nature of the Qur’an [289-306]
Amer Gheitury

King of Men: ῾Ali ibn Abi Talib in Pamiri Folktales [307-323]
Abdulmamad Iloliev

Was Imam ʿAli a Misogynist?: The Portrayal of Women in Nahj al-Balaghah and Kitab Sulaym ibn Qays [325-365]
Amina Inloes

Book Reviews

The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism by Patricia Crone [367-378]
Hamid Algar

Pearls of Persia: The Philosophical Poetry of Nāṣir-i Khusraw ed. Alice C. Hunsberger [379-385]
Daniel Beben

The Emergence of Modern Shiʿism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran by Zackery M. Heern [386-388]
Mohammad Samiei

Islamic Images and Ideas: Essays on Sacred Symbolism ed. John Andrew Morrow [389-395]
Rebecca Masterton

Book Notes [397-401]

1. Sons of Ishmael: Muslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages, by John V. Tolan, 2013 (reviewed by Majid Daneshgar)

2. Benarkah Iskandar Bukan Zulkarnain: Membongkar Kewujudan dan Rahsia Sebenar Pejuang Agung (Was Alexander really not Dhu al-Qarnayn? Uncovering the Identity and True Secret of a Great Warrior) , by Afareez Abd Razak al-Hafiz, 2009 (reviewed by Majid Daneshgar)

3. Islamic Laws: According to the fatwas of His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani, Volume One: Ritual Acts of Worship, trans. Mohammed Ali Ismail, 2015 (reviewed by Fazle Abbas Datoo)

The articles in this issue form a symposium relating to Shi’ism in Lebanon guest edited by Rola El-Husseini.


Note from the Guest Editor [127-130]
Rola El-Husseini

Sayyid Musa al‑Sadr, the Lebanese State, and the Left [131-157]
Rula Jurdi Abisaab

A Shi’i Religious Perspective on Lebanese Sectarianism: The Islamic Shi’i Supreme Council under Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al‑Din (1978-2001) [159-191]
Farah Kawtharani

The Scholar’s Turban versus the Warrior’s: The Shifting Basis of Religious and Political Authority in Lebanese Shi’ism [193-207]
Samer El-Karanshawy

In the Wake of the Islamic State Threat: Repercussions on Sunni-Shi’i Competition in Lebanon [209-236]
Aurélie Daher

Book Reviews

Studies in Medieval Shi’ism by Wilferd Madelung, ed. Sabine Schmidtke, 2012 [237-241]
Arzina R. Lalani

Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective of Shia Muslim Faith, by Diane D’Souza, 2014 [242-244]
Yafa Shanneik

Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy, by Jonathan A. C. Brown, 2014 [245-249]
Scott C. Lucas

Book Notes [251-255]

1. Recalling the Caliphate: Decolonisation and World Order, by S. Sayyid, 2014 (reviewed by Imraan Sumar)

2. The Emergence of Modern Shi’ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran, by Zackery M. Heern, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

3. Sufism and American Literary Masters, ed. Mehdi Aminrazavi, 2014 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

4. Islam: An Introduction, by Catharina Raudvere, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)


Selecting a Spiritual Authority: The Maraji‘ al-Taqlid among First- and Second- Wave Iraqi Shi‘a Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan [5-17]
John Cappucci

Latina Shi‘a Women in the United States of America: Converging Identities in the Twenty-First Century [19-33]
Maryam Shahmoradi & Hasan Hosseini

The Shi‘a Isma’ili Da‘wat in Khurasan: From its Early Beginning to the Ghaznawid Era [37-59]
Yahia Baiza

The Ethics of the Perfect Man: Maurice Blanchot and Ibn ‘Arabi [61-80]
Hossein Moradi

Book Reviews

The Thread of Mu‘awiya: The Making of a Marja‘ Taqlid by Linda S. Walbridge, 2014 [81-89]
Andrew J. Newman

Fatima, Daughter of Muhammad by Christopher Paul Clohessy, 2009 [89-98]
Afzal Sumar

The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition by Behnam Sadeghi, 2013 [99-101]
Omar Anchassi

Religion and Revolution: Spiritual and Political Islam in Ernesto Cardenal by John Andrew Morrow, 2012 [102-106]
Ali Shah

Encyclopaedia Islamica Volume 3 (Adab – al-Bāb al-Ḥādī ‘ashar) ed. Farhad Daftary and Wilferd Madelung, 2011 [107-109]
Mousa al-Reza Wahdati

Book Notes [111-118]

1. The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by John Andrew Morrow, 2013 (reviewed by Anna Maria Martelli)

2. Najaf: The Gate of Wisdom: History, Heritage & Significance of the Holy City of the Shi‘a by Yasser Tabbaa and Sabrina Mervin, photographs by Erick Bonnier, 2014 (reviewed by Faiyaz Jaffer)

3. Female Personalities in the Qurʼan and Sunna: Examining the Major Sources of Imami Shi‘i Islam by Rawand Osman, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

4. The Shi‘a in Modern South Asia: Religion, History and Politics ed. Justin Jones and Ali Usman Qasmi, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

5. Dreams and Visions in the World of Islam: A History of Muslim Dreaming and Foreknowing by Elizabeth Sirriyeh, 2015 (reviewed by Amina Inloes)

6. Islamic Astronomical Tables: Mathematical Analysis and Historical Investigation by Benno Van Dalen, 2014 (reviewed by Mohammad Mesbahi & Amina Inloes)