What Is a Madrasa? (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2015)


The Urdu translation of this book is know available.

Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005)

 Edited Books

CHOSEN NEW African Renaissance The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth? (eds. Charles Villa-Vicencio, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa) (Washington DC, Georgetown University Press, 2015.)

Revival and Reform: A Study in Islamic Fundamentalism ed. Ebrahim Moosa (Oxford: Oneworld Press, 1999)

Shamil Jeppie, Ebrahim Moosa & Richard Roberts. Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges. Amsterdam University Press, Spring, 2010).

Essays & Op-Eds

“Inside the Madrasa: A Personal History,” Boston Review, January 2007

“Pilgrims at Heart, New York Times, 2006

“Islamic Reform or Designer Fundamentalism?” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2006. 139-144

“Abu Hamid al-Ghazali” Le Nouvel Observateur: Les nouveaux penseurs de l’islam, avril/mai 2004, 41

“Muslims Ask: Does Cloning Distort Creation?” Voices Across Boundaries, Winter 2003-4, 34-37


“Configuring Muslim Thought: On the Need to be Earnest about History and Transcendence,”ISIM Newsletter 12, June 2003, 30-31

“Bush’s War Against Islam is Real,” Herald-Sun (December 17, 2002) (reprinted in several Knight Ridder publications.)

“Unfair to Direct Blame at Islam,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 7, 2002).


My Foreword to Adis Duderija’s book, Imperatives of Progressive Islam.


Critical Islamic Thought

“Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings,” in Middle East Law & Governance 3 (2011) 171-180.AestheticsTranscendence

“The Human Person in Iqbal’s Thought,” in Muhammad Iqbal: Essays in the Reconstruction of Modern Muslim Thought, eds. H.C. Hillier & Basit Bilal Koshul (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015), pp.12-32. MoosaIqbalHumanPerson

“Political Theology in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring,” in The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth? eds Charles Villa-Vicencio, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa, (Georgetown University Press, 2015), 101-119.MoosaPoliticalTheologyofArabSpring

“Transitions in the ‘Progress’ of Civilization: Theorizing History, Practice, and Tradition.” In Voices of Change, ed. Omid Safi. General editor, Vincent J. Cornell Voices of Islam, 5, 115-130. (Westport & London: Praeger, 2007)

“The Unbearable Intimacy of Language and Thought in Islam.” In How Should We Talk About Religion? Perspectives, Contexts, Particularities, ed. James Boyd White (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press), 2006. 300-326.

“The Debts and Burdens of Critical Islam” in Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralismed. Omid Safi (Oxford: Oneworld, 2003), 111-127.

“Contrapuntal Readings in Muslim Thought: Translations and Transitions.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, March 2006, Vol. 74. No. 1, 107-118.

“Rejoinder to Paul J. Griffiths’ Response.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, March 2006, Vol. 74. No. 1, 122-124.

“Response to Robert Segal,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, March 2006, Vol. 74, No. 1, 172-174.

“The Spirit of Islamic Humanism,” The Humanist Imperative in South Africa, ed. John W de Gruchy (Stellenbosch: Sun Media, 2011), 107-116. 


“al-Tajdid wa ’l-hadatha: dirasa muqarana fi mawqif Fadl al-Rahman wa Hasan Hanafi min al-turath,” in Jadal al-ana wa ’l-akhar: qira’at  fi fikr Hasan Hanafi. In Arabic. (“Renewal and Modernity: A Comparative Study in the Approach of Fazlur Rahman and Hasan Hanafi towards the Islamic Heritage,” in The Dialectic of Self and Other: Readings in the Thought of Hasan Hanafi) ed. Ahmad  ‘Abd al-Halim (Cairo: Madbuli, 1997), 109-114.

Islamic Law & Ethics

“Technology in Muslim Moral Philosophy”, Journal of Religion and Health, 2016DOI 10.1007/s10943-016-0192-0 MoosaTechnologyMuslimMoralPhilosophy copy

 “Colonialism and Islamic Law,” Muhammad Khalid Masud, Armando Salvatore, and Martin van Bruinessen (eds), Islam and Modernity. Key Issues and Debates. (Edinburgh University Press, 2009): 158-181.

“Interface of Science and Jurisprudence: Dissonant Gazes at the Body in Modern Muslim Ethics,” in God, Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives eds. Ted Peters, Muzaffar Iqbal & Syed Nomanul Haq (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002), 329-356.

“The Poetics and Politics of Law after Empire: Reading Women’s Rights in the Contestations of Law,” in Journal for Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL) 1:1 (Fall/Winter 2001/2002): 1-46.

“The Dilemma of Islamic Rights Schemes,” The Journal of Law and Religion 15: 1-2 (2000-2001): 185-215.

“Prospects of Muslim Law in South Africa: A History and Recent Developments,” in Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law 3 (1996): 130-155. An updated and partially modified version of this essay appeared as “Shaping Muslim Law in South Africa: Future and Prospects,” in The Other Law: Non-State Ordering in South Africa, eds. Wilfried Schärf & Daniel Nina, (Cape Town: Juta, 2001), 121-147.

“Languages of Change in Islamic Law: Redefining Death in Modernity,” Islamic Studies 38:3 (1999): 305-342; reproduced in Perspectives in Islamic Law, Justice and Society, ed. R. S. Khare (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), 161-197.

“Shaykh Ahmad Shakir and the Adoption of a Scientifically-Based Lunar Calendar,” Islamic Law & Society 5:1 (1998): 57-89

“Transacting the Body in the Law: Reading Fatawa on Organ Transplantation,” Afrika Zamani: Revue d’Histoire Africaine/A Journal of African History Special Issue, ‘The Civil Status and Biographies of God in Contemporary Africa,’ 5-6 (1997 & 1998): 291-317.

“ ‘The Child Belongs to the Bed:’ Illegitimacy and Islamic Law,” in Questionable Issue: Illegitimacy in South Africa (eds.) Sandra Burman & Eleanor Preston-Whyte (Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1992), 171-184.

“Brain Death and Organ Transplantation – An Islamic Opinion,” South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) 83: 6 (June 1993): 385-386.

“Brain Death in Islamic Ethico-Legal Deliberation: Challenges for Applied Islamic Bioethics,” Bioethics (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011).

“Muslim Ethics and Biotechnology,” The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science (London and New York: Routledge, 455-465).




Theology & Philosophy

Historical Studies

“History and Normativity in Traditional Indian Muslim Thought: Reading Shari`a in the Hermeneutics of Qari Muhammad Tayyab (d.1983),Ebrahim Moosa History and Normativity” in Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, Carl W. Ernst & Richard C. Martin (eds.), (University of South Carolina Press, 2010): 281-301.

“Worlds ‘Apart’: The Tabligh Jamat under Apartheid 1963-1993,” Journal for Islamic Studies 17 (1997): 28-48, reproduced in Muhammad Khalid Masud (ed.) Travelers in Faith: Studies of the Tabligh Jamat  as a Transnational Islamic Movement for Faith Renewal (Leiden: Brill, 2000), 206-221.

“Discursive Voices of Diaspora Islam in Southern Africa,” Jurnal Antropologi dan Sosiologi  21(April 1992/93): 29-60, reproduced as “Islam in South Africa,” in Living Faiths in South Africa, eds. John de Gruchy & Martin Prozesky, (Cape Town, David Philip, 1995), 129-154.

“Islam,” in A Southern African Guide to World Religions John W. de Gruchy & Martin Prozesky eds. (Cape Town: David Philip, 1991), 203-237.


Ron Shaham, The Expert Witness in Islamic Courts: Medicine and Crafts in the Service of the Law, in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient JESHO 54 (2011) 270-309.

“Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith. By Vartan Gregorian, Brookings Institution Press, 2003 in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December, 2006, 74:4.

“Islamic Reform or Designer Fundamentalism?” Review Essay of Tariq Ramadan’s Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2006. 139-144.

Abdolkarim Soroush, Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000) Iranian Studies: Bulletin of the Society for Iranian Cultural and Social Studies, 37:3 (September 2004): 547-552.

Muhammad Sa`id al-`Ashmawy. Against Islamic Extremism: The Writings of Muhammad Sa`id al-`Ashmawy ed. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998) International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES), 33: 4 (2001): 640-642.

Abdullah Saeed. Islamic Banking and Interest (Leiden: Brill, 1996), Religious Studies Review 26 (2000): 290.

Steven Vertovec & Ceri Peach eds. Islam in Europe: The Politics of Religion and Community (London/New York: Macmillan Press and St. Martin’s Press, 1997), Politikon, 27:1 (2000): 167-170.

Brannon Wheeler. Applying the Canon in Islam (Albany, NY: State University of New York, 1996), Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67:4 (December, 1999).

Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee. Theories of Islamic Law (Islamic Research Institute & International Institute of Islamic Thought), Journal for Islamic Studies 18-19: (1998/99): 132-139.

Kevin Reinhart, Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Thought, (Albany: State University of New York), Middle East Studies Association BULLETIN, 30:2 (1996).

Abdulkader Tayob. Islamic Resurgence in South Africa: The Muslim Youth Movement (Cape Town: UCT Press, 1995), Journal for Islamic Studies 15 (1995).

Mahmood Mohamed Taha. The Second Message of Islam (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1987), Journal for Islamic Studies 13 (1993).

Islam and Civil Society in South Africa: Prospects for Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, conference report The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 11:4 (Winter 1994)

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