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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.

Volume 1 issue 1

Modern American Contextuality in Understanding Islamic Faith and Practice

Topics Include:

  • The Islamic Seminary Foundation: Preserving Prophetic Principles
  • Al-waḥda al-bināʾiyya li-l-Qurʾān: A Methodology for Understanding the Qurʾān in the Modern Day”
  • “Islam and the American Common Good”
  • “Governance Issues in American Mosques: Exploring the Present and Making Recommendations for the Future”
  • Book Review- Kambiz GhaneaBassiri’s A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order
  • “National Shura and In-service Training for Chaplains and Imams and Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community”
  • “Howard University School of Divinity’s International Conference on the Qur’ān”
Volume 2 issue 1

Islamic Ethics in the American Context

In this issue, we highlight some of the challenges and issues faced by Muslims who want to implement Islamic ethics in their own lives. Muslims in the United States are experiencing a crisis of identity and confusion about their faith’s principles and practices. We explore some of these and suggest how we can ameliorate this complex reality by finding ways to make our tradition more coherent and understandable.

Topics Include:

  • Toward a Muslim Ethics of Care: Leadership in American Islamic schools
  • “Walking Gently on the Earth”: An Interview with Nana Firman on Islamic Environmental Ethics
  • Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health Practice Between Professional Ethics and Islamic Values
  • Practicing Clinical Bioethics: Reflections from the Bedside
  • Transformational Teaching: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a Teacher and Murabbī
  • Book Review- Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa
  • Book Review- The Ethics of Disagreement in Islam
  • Without a Profession: The Politics of Being and Becoming an American Imam
  • “National Shura and In-Service for Chaplains, Imams, and Other Service Providers to the Muslim Community”
  • Spiritual Abuse: Education and Prevention for our Communities
  • Dissecting the Ethics of Organ Donation

Call for Papers: Domestic Violence and the Muslim Community Response.

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice is an annual double-blind peer-reviewed online academic and interdisciplinary journal published by the Islamic Seminary Foundation / The Islamic Seminary of America. and hosted at Indiana University’s electronic journal portal. 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 edition of the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice will discuss and analyze Domestic Violence and the Muslim Community Response. The aim of this volume is to synthesize and advance both theoretical and empirical research about domestic violence awareness and responses within various disciplines including education, sociology, political science, healthcare, psychology, social service, the arts, and other relevant areas. Colleagues interested in publishing the proceedings of a conference and book reviews are also welcomed.

This special edition, in focusing on Domestic Violence and the Muslim Community Response may include the following:

Theoretical papers: How do we examine and analyze the American Muslim contributions to the field in terms of the development of methodologies, frameworks, interventions, in approaching domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and related issues?
Historical studies: How do we read and examine historical events, persons, and organizations that have an effect on Muslim communities’ responses to domestic violence for survivors, allies, and institutions?
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 domestic violence?
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, and chaplains with respect to responding to internal and external challenges?

Possible Topics

Papers should focus on how domestic violence relates to key contemporary 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.

• Healthy familial relations from an Islamic Perspective
• Domestic violence and the impact on familial relations
• Addressing domestic violence in the workplace
• Domestic violence responses and the intersection with other movements
• Domestic violence and the role of allies (e.g. Imams, Interfaith, Other activists)
• Domestic violence and Muslim advocacy
• Domestic violence and social responsibility
• Domestic violence: gender and sexuality
• Domestic violence, psychology, and mental health
• Domestic violence and the law
• Domestic violence and human rights
• Domestic violence and politics
• Domestic violence and the impact of COVID-19
• Muslim Advocacy and giving voice to the racial and cultural diversity of the community 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 the Islamic faith and its practice in America.
  • Abstracts of dissertations, theses, and research findings related to the American Muslim community (700-1,000 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, but only 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 documented in 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 November 15, 2020. You will receive a note of acceptance / non- acceptance by the end of December 2020.
  • Send the completed paper by May 15, 2021 as an attachment, along with a 250-word abstract and a short bio
  • Decision Date: December 30, 2020
  • Submission Deadline: May 15, 2021
  • Publication Date: October 2021    

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

 

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. Shariq Siddiqui, Indiana University
  • Chaplain Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University
  • Dr. Nisa Muhammad, Howard University