The design of this project is qualitative, interpretative, and interactive.
We envision our team as an interdisicplinary intellectual "studio" working collaboratively toward the common creative goal of illuminating the stories of shari'a in America. Shari'a Revoiced documents how Muslim activists, professionals, feminists, lawyers, students, social workers and other cultural brokers produce local forms of Islamic knowledge.
Our project design is based on primary research. It does not set out to adopt or promote any view or interpretation of Islam, religion, or law. Rather, we uncover the diverse range of contemporary stories of shari'a from the lived experiences of Muslims in California.
Findings will be disseminated through three public translations:
This ShariaRevoiced.org website
An interactive art exhibit, video installation, and panel discussion held in Los Angeles, California, in October 2015
Articles and a book (in progress) providing a socio-legal account of shari'a, featuring the results of our interviews with Muslim Americans
"Rethinking Shari'a: Voices of Islam in California" article by Mark Fathi Massoud and Kathleen M. Moore (BOOM: A Journal of California, 2015)
"Shari'a Consciousness: Law and Lived Religion among Californian Muslims" article by Mark Fathi Massoud and Kathleen M. Moore (Law & Social Inquiry, forthcoming, 2020)
Together, these components of Shari'a Revoiced reveal the complex contemporary functions and lived experiences of Islamic law in the United States.