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The Journal of Islamic Law is currently open for submissions! Deadline is November 30, 2020.

Submissions must be sent directly through this website, for which author registration is required. Author guidelines follow.

We are actively accepting scholarship submission to the new  Journal in Islamic Law for new scholarship in Islamic law, as well as for its dynamic Forum designed to feature scholarly responses, debates, or new developments in Islamic law scholarship or at the intersection of Islamic law and data science. Submissions may take many forms, including: Articles, Essays, Case Briefs, Student Notes, Book Reviews, and Data Science Reviews.

Articles & Essays

Articles present sustained works of original research on some aspect of Islamic or comparative law; essays are usually narrower in scope. While the line between them is not rigid, we recommend that article submissions have fewer than 25,000 words, including footnotes; and essay submissions have fewer than 8,000 words, including footnotes.

Case Briefs

Case Briefs present the basic facts of a recent cases related to Islamic law in Muslim-majority or Muslim-minority countries. Submissions should have fewer than 1,500 words, including footnotes. 

Student Notes

Notes are student-written works typically available to Harvard students. Note submissions should have fewer than 8,000 words, including footnotes.

Book Reviews

Book reviews of books published within the last two years will be accepted (published 2019 - 2020). Book review submissions should have fewer than 1,500 words, including footnotes.

Data Science Reviews

Data Science reviews assess new data science and digital humanities tools that work at the intersections of data sicence methods and Islamic law, including legal history. Data science review submissions should have fewer than 1,500 words, including footnotes.

Symposia / Forum

Submissions for thematic symposia on recent developments featured on the Forum are by invitation only. 

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.