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  • In the last few months, I have delivered papers on Islamic theology, exegetical history and philosophy at the Rahma Conference in Rome, SOAS’s Qur’an Conference and BRAIS 2017 respectively, all of which will become future publications in some form. There are also various new projects on the horizon, which I will endeavour to post about sooner rather than later.

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Update on the Book

Alhamdulillah, I have started a lectureship at Ebrahim College, London. My work at the college involves teaching, research and academic development work. See the updated About section for more on that.

I have received a very useful anonymous review on my book manuscript courtesy of my wonderful editor at Edinburgh University Press and am taking the time to try to bring the work to completion in the best way. Every writer can only dream of a higher word count and I am spending a 10,000 word bonus mainly on deepening the theological and ethical aspects of the book. I also have had time to reflect on some of the exegetical moves that I have made and decide if I need to do any ruju’ (ie, u-turns!)

Anyway, here is the cover (and spine) design for the book to whet your appetite:

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Draft Intro for Chapter 1

Here is how I am thinking of starting Chapter 1 – The Moral Narrative of my forthcoming book The Qur’an and the Just Society,

In God’s wisdom all things begin and so shall they end. This is the idea that animates this chapter, a reflection upon the story that the Qur’an tells from the primordial beginning of human existence to its infinite future. Unlike the Torah, or Bible, in which the historical unfolding of God’s covenant with humanity is traced through the linear order of the text, the Qur’an’s moral narrative must be reconstructed from passages dispersed throughout its pages. In one sense this reflects more general principles of Qur’anic structure, in another it accords with the attention it pays to the metaphysical patterns of the human condition, rather than the history of particular peoples. It is God’s wisdom that informs His creation of the world just as it underlies both His strict justice and mercy in the Hereafter.

Interview: Dr Ramon Harvey and Abdur-Rahman Abou Al-Majd on Qur’anic Studies

Note: This is reblogged from

Book ‘Justice in the Qur’an’ Accepted by Edinburgh University Press

I am very happy that my first book, based on my thesis and currently titled ‘Justice in the Qur’an’ is under contract with EUP. I am going to be spending the next year revising it and expanding the coverage of certain key areas, so if everything goes smoothly it should be published in approximately late 2016. I am delighted at the reception that my research has received from the various academics who have reviewed it so far. My intention now is to really make it accessible to a wider educated audience, inshallah.

Orphans in the Qur’an – Justice between Generations (audio of conference paper)

The audio from my paper on ‘Orphans in the Qur’an – Justice between Generations’, delivered as part of the SOAS Conference ‘The Qur’an: Text, Society & Culture’ in November 2013 is up on the SOAS website. The link is here: (I speak last on Panel 13: Ethics II, which is right at the bottom of the page).