Dr. Sherman Jackson
An American convert to Islam during the 1970s, Dr. Jackson is originally from Philadelphia. He is an associate professor in Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Jackson is the founder and core scholar of ALIM. Prior to coming to Michigan, he completed his B.A., M.A. , and Ph.D. (1990) in the Department of Oriental Studies and Islamic Near East at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in the Islamic sciences of theology, law, and medieval Arabic. He is extensively published within academia. He is a noted expert of the constitutional jurisprudence of Shihab al-Din-al-Qarafi,
whose works revolve around the concepts of constitution, tyranny, and power within Islamic law Ã‚â€“ topics very relevant today as Muslims strive to follow the classical Islamic legal traditions. He has written a book centered on this figure, entitled Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihab al-Din al-Qarafi (1996).
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