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Dr. Abdal Hakim Jackson

Sherman Jackson is an adjunct scholar and a member of the board of advisors at ISPU and the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He previously  was in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of Michigan.  He is the author of a plethora of books, including Islam and the Blackamerican, The Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam, and Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihab al-Din al-Qarafi. He has also written a number of thought-provoking articles, such as “Literalism, Empiricism, and Induction: Apprehending and Concretizing Islamic Law’s Maqasid al-Shariah in the Modern World,” and “Secular vs. Religious Salvation.” In addition, Dr. Jackson is the Co-Founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), as well as past president of Shari’ah Scholar Association of North America, among many other board positions in several organizations. He received his Bachelors cum laude, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Oriental Studies, Islamic Near East.

EDUCATION

M.A. and PhD University of Pennsylvania King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

AREA OF EXPERTISE

American Muslims , African Islam , American mosques , Islamophobia , Muslims in the West , Religion , Religious Studies , African American Muslims , Civil Liberties , Civil Rights , Cultural Competency , Islam and Democracy , Race and the Law , Racialization of Islam in the US , Religion and the Law , Urban Integration

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