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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 (in whatever language or format), 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • As noted in the Author Guidelines, article submissions must be anonymized and accompanied by a separate cover letter including the author contact and affiliation information; reviews and other non-peer-reviewed pieces need not be anonymized.

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary and international journal that publishes a wide variety of scholarly research on all facets of Islam and the Muslim world: anthropology, economics, history, philosophy and metaphysics, politics, psychology, and law.

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully. Although accepted articles are copyedited and proofread, manuscripts that do not accord with AJISS transliteration or citation style will be returned to the author to be revised.

Whether original articles, book reviews, or other pieces, all submissions are routed through the online submission system. Original article typescripts must be in English and should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length (shorter articles may be accepted when justified by their exceptionally high quality); book reviews and conference reports are generally expected to be between 1,000-1,500 words.

A main article submission must include a 250-word (max.) abstract. Avoid including any of the author’s names in headers or footers, and avoid any personal references in the body or endnotes that might reveal the author’s identity to referees. Please provide a separate cover letter including the author’s full name, the article title, the author’s affiliation and contact information (mailing and email address), and a short author biography (up to 75 words).

Format submissions as follows: single-spaced, 12-point font, italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, tables, and figures placed within the text at their approximate location.

Foreign words found in standard English dictionaries (e.g. the Oxford English Dictionary; Webster’s) are not italicized and do not bear diacritical marks.

AJISS style is to follow the Library of Congress conventions for Arabic transliteration. Arabic-language titles (as of a book, treatise, or article) are capitalized according to English title case (i.e. do not capitalize prepositions). Except when they appear as part of a title, proper nouns (e.g. the name of a person or publisher) do not bear diacritical marks, other than hamza (’) or ‘ayn (‘) (thus Abu Dawud but Sunan Abī Dāwūd). Include the definite article before a name (thus al-Ghazzali, not Ghazzali), and include the closing h for the ta’ marbutah.

Article references should be numbered consecutively throughout and appear as endnotes, according to the Chicago style. All bibliographical information must be given in the notes, abbreviating subsequent citations. Book reviews do not have footnotes; cite page numbers of the book under review in the text, as necessary.

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.