Ijtihad: A Return to Enlightenment

By Marvin Whitaker.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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An inclusive model of ijtihad is argued for, rather than an exclusive model of ijtihad. Special focus is paid to the linkage between ijtihad, reason, science, and complementary debates regarding democracy, freedom of choice, and freedom of interpretation. It will be shown that this linkage is at the very core and essence of ijtihad. Finally the article argues that ijtihad is a concept which has the potential to revive the Islamic tradition and has the potential to positively impact the West.

Keywords: Ijtihad, Reason, Science, Democracy, Freedom of Interpretation, Islam, Religion, Philosophy

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.137-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 349.608KB).

Dr. Marvin Whitaker

PhD Student/TA, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

Marvin Whitaker spent half his life in California and Utah and is currently in his third year as a PhD student in political science at the University of Delaware. Other academic interests include international relations theory, political philosophy/theory, Middle East politics, human rights, history, philosophy of science, and Islam. He is a non-resident fellow at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and founded and serves as the President of The Socratic Club at the University of Delaware.