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: Islam and Cross-Cultural Competency

The Journal invites colleagues to submit original articles and research that combine intellectual rigor with community engagement. The Journal seeks to provide a platform for scholars, students, and researchers to exchange their latest findings, as well as to foster dialogue among academics, researchers, community leaders, and students regarding the Islamic faith and its practice in America. To this end, we invite proposals that reflect theoretical and methodological sophistication and engagement with existing scholarship, while also being accessible to non-specialists.

Our third edition will analyze Islam and Cross-cultural Competency. The goal here is to synthesize and advance both theoretical and empirical research about Islam and cultural competency within education, sociology, political science, healthcare, psychology, bioethics, ecology, social service, the arts, and other relevant fields. Colleagues interested in publishing conference proceedings and book reviews are also welcomed.

We are interested in the following topics:

  • 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?

The Journal is published once a year, usually in May/June. The timeline for peer review and publication is in the range of 5-6 months.

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 volume’s primary theme.

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

Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Invites :

  • Original social science- and humanities-based research papers reflecting on all aspects related to 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 :

  • Submission of abstracts: September 30, 2019
  • Send the completed contribution by December 30, 2019, as an attachment, along with a 250-word abstract and a short bio
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2020

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

Those whose papers are accepted may be invited to present them during the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice workshop, which will be held 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


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