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Journal of Islamic Faith
and Practice

A Publication of the Islamic Seminary Foundation

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice is an annual double-blind peer-reviewed open access online academic and interdisciplinary journal published by Indiana University and sponsored by the Islamic Seminary Foundation – the governing body of The Islamic Seminary of America (TISA). Produced annually, this journal commits itself to promoting academic and professional research about recent developments in American Muslim communities. In doing so, the Journal aims to provide a platform for scholars, students, and researchers to exchange their latest findings from varied disciplines. Therefore, one of the key aims of the Journal is to foster dialogue between academics, researchers, community leaders, chaplains and students regarding Islamic faith and how it is practiced in America.

The paperback edition of Volume 1, Issue 1 of The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice is available for readers to purchase on Amazon here.

Call for Papers: Islam and Cross-Cultural Competency

The Journal invites colleagues to submit articles for publication that combine intellectual rigor with community engagement. The Journal aims to provide a platform for scholars, students, and researchers to exchange their latest findings from different areas and fields. One of the key aims of the Journal is to foster dialogue between academics, researchers, community leaders, and students regarding Islamic faith and how it is practiced in America. To this end, successful proposals will reflect theoretical and methodological sophistication and engagement with existing scholarship, while also being accessible to non-specialists.
This third edition of the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice will discuss and analyze Islam and Cross-Cultural Competency. The aim of this volume is to synthesize and advance both theoretical and empirical research about Islam and cultural competency within various disciplines including education, sociology, political science, healthcare, psychology, bioethics, ecology, social service, the arts and other relevant areas. Colleagues interested in publishing the proceedings of a conference and book reviews are also welcomed.
The Journal is a refereed periodical that is published once a year usually in March. The timeline for peer review and publication is in the range of 5-6 months.

This third edition, in focusing on Islam and Cross-Cultural Competency will, inshallah, include the following:

  • Theoretical papers: How do we examine and analyze the American Muslim cross-cultural worldview in terms of the development of methodologies in approaching the Qurʾān, Sunna and Islamic traditions?
  • Historical studies: How do we read and examine historical events, persons, and organizations that have an effect on Muslim communities’ cross-cultural worldview in America and beyond?
  • American Islamic praxis papers: How do we examine the new practices, traditions and cultures that are developing within the American Muslim community as they relate to Islamic cross-cultural competency?
  • Case studies, qualitative interviews, and oral histories of key people or organizations: How do we examine and evaluate the conduct of American Muslims’ religious leadership including the role of scholars, imams, chaplains’ contributions with respect to responding to cross-cultural challenges?

Possible Topics

Papers should focus on how Islam relates to key cross-cultural issues facing Muslims, such as the areas listed below. We are also open to other topics that fit within the primary theme of this volume.

  • Islam and Cross-Cultural Marriage and Family Life
  • Workplace Prejudice and the Islamic Paradigm
  • The American Criminal Justice System, Prejudice and the Islamic Paradigm
  • Islam and Cross-Cultural Social Responsibility
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Islamic Paradigm
  • Racism and the Islamic Paradigm
  • Affirmative Action and the Islamic Paradigm
  • Islam and Human Rights
  • Politics, Prejudice, and the Islamic Paradigm
  • The African American Civil Rights Movement and the Islamic Paradigm
  • Intergroup and Intragroup Cross-Cultural Issues in the Muslim American Community

Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Invites :

  • Social sciences and humanities-based research papers reflecting on all aspects related to Islamic faith and its practice in America.
  • Abstracts of dissertations, thesis, and research findings related to the American Muslim community of 700-1000 words.
  • Shorter reflection pieces of 2,000-3,000 words by activists, imams, chaplains.

Assembly of the Manuscript :

Standard research papers should be 7,000-10,000 words in length or longer if approved by the editor. The article should be in Microsoft Word format. All submissions must conform to the Journal guidelines: original, unpublished research; double-spaced and single-sided; and conform to the Chicago Style. A manuscript contains many parts: Title of the paper with an abstract and 3-5 keywords, text of the paper, references, footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. Not all papers have all elements. However, if they do, this is the order in which they should be arranged.

Submission of Manuscript :

  • Send a brief note of intent to contribute noting the type, scope, and focus of what you wish to be included in the Journal by April 30, 2018. You will receive a note of acceptance / nonacceptance by the end of May.
  • Send the completed paper by September 15, 2019 as an attachment, along with a 250-word abstract and a short bio
  • Decision Date: May 30, 2019
  • Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019
  • Publication Date: March 2020

Submissions are accepted via e-mail : journal@islamicseminary.org

The successful proposals will be invited to present their papers to the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice track at the Islamic Seminary Foundation’s annual Shura at Yale University in March 2020.

Subscription Information :

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice has access to the subscription of e-journals for individuals and libraries. If you are interested, please contact us at journal@islamicseminary.org

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Zainab Alwani, Howard University

Editorial Board

  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky
  • Chaplain Omer Bajwa, Yale University
  • Dr. Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University
  • Dr. James Jones, Manhattanville College
  • Dr. Nancy Khalil, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Howard University
  • Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, Indiana University
  • Chaplain Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University
  • Chaplain Nisa Muhammad, Howard University