controversies in islam

Dr. John Andrew Morrow’s new work, Controversies in Islam: Religious Law, Qur’anic Ethical Imperatives, and Higher Objectives was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing on April 27, 2023. It can be purchased directly from the publisher by clicking here. It will also be available through other book distributors.


This book is a passionate call for reflection, reason, reform, and revival within the Islamic religion. Addressing pressing issues like domestic violence, antisemitism, anti-Christian sentiment, authoritarianism, pluralism, shariah punishments, jihad, polygyny, child marriages, women’s rights, racism, democracy, rationalism, geopolitics, interfaith relations, love and hatred, and the very future of the Muslim faith, this work serves as a lode star that can help steer the ship of Islam to a safe harbor.


“Courageous, venturesome, and thought-provoking. This book is a must-read for daring minds and sincere souls looking for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth… Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a master of Islamic sciences for over three decades, provides a much-needed call to reconnect with the Qur’an as a book of love, and rethink Islam beyond forgeries and ill-intentioned misinterpretations.”
Dr. Abla Hasan
Associate Professor of Arabic, Nebraska University

“Controversies in Islam by Dr. John Andrew Morrow is an exceptional book by an internationally acclaimed scholar of Islam whose meticulous research and phenomenal learning in areas of critical contemporary significance makes him one of the foremost Muslim thinkers of our times… The openness, honesty and courage with which Dr. Morrow has engaged in such a challenging task makes this book a rare accomplishment.”
Dr. Riffat Hassan
Professor Emerita, University of Louisville


John Andrew Morrow completed his doctoral degree at the University of Toronto (Canada). He has taught for universities around the world and rose to the rank of Full Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature. He was recognized as a Master Teacher and Distinguished Faculty Member by Ivy Tech in 2012 and 2013. He received an Interfaith Service Award from the Islamic Society of North America in 2016 and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2017. In 2022, the Interfaith Institute of Long Island listed him as one of the 100 Notable Muslim Americans, among the likes of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Warith Deen Mohammed, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Sherman Jackson, and other leaders and scholars.