About Islamic Societies Review

Islamic Societies Review (ISSN 2372-0379), in terms of editorial standard, is less than a peer-reviewed journal and more than a trade magazine. It is selective: review of submissions is internal provided by associate editors.

. ISR is primarily a venue for scholars and students affiliated with higher educational institutions (universities and colleges). Professors, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit their work for consideration or recommend the work of their peers–provided that authors had granted the right to publish/republish.

. The platform is also open to Muslim intellectuals who apply the scientific method to Islamic themes and ideas to introduce new Islamic narratives. The value of this type of content is that it can be treated as “primary material”, allowing Islamicists (scholars of Islamic studies) to explore the many ways Muslim intellectuals interpret and live Islam.

. ISR provides a royalty stipend for original content written by experts. Authors interested in pitching articles to ISR are encouraged to submit an inquiry via the online form first. If the proposed article is accepted, an agreement stating the terms of the arrangement will be provided. Keep in mind, please, that only original content–articles that have not been published, that is–will qualify for royalty. Authors keep rights to the article; ISR retains rights to the content. (see below for pitch guidelines).

This platform is designed to facilitate outreach service by publicly engaged scholars, researchers, thinkers, and professionals to speak-out on issues of significant public interest.

To be published by Islamic Societies Review, you must be currently (or had been) employed as a researcher and/or instructor with a college or research institution with research and teaching interests focusing on Islamic and Southwest Asia and North Africa studies. Ph.D., MA, and undergraduate students currently attending a university are also invited to submit their work; please use your university-provided email address when submitting your work.

To qualify as “Muslim intellectual”, author must be a professional (lawyers, doctors, etc.) or a scientist holding an advanced degree in established academic disciplines*. Please be prepared to submit a current CV/resume with your first submission.

Authors may limit access to their work to subscribers only. Both authors and readers may need to register to access some of the content of ISR. Registered readers are able to comment on articles, registered authors will be able to publish their own articles and comment on articles published by others. Both authors and readers can create groups, forums and discuss topics in private and/or in public.

Islamic Societies Review provides space for authors and readers to explain and comment on critical issues related to Islamic thought, institutions, and societies.


Dr. Ahmed E. Souaiaia


(For current and former Editors, please see tags associated with each article)


ISR is run by volunteers and some paid student interns funded by generous readers and like-minded supporters. 100% of the proceeds are used to support students and volunteers through work study opportunities, scholarships, awards, and to cover the cost of publishing operations. Unless anonymity is requested in advance, persons/entities making donations exceeding $1000 will be published for transparency purposes. For more ways to support this resource, please reach out to us via the contact us form.

Another source of support comes from some of our authors who give ISR explicit consent to restrict some or all of their submitted works to subscribers who contribute an annual donation only. The restricted access can be set to take effect upon publication or after specific time period had passed. The default publishing option is for articles and research notes to be published unrestricted (anyone can read, but only registered readers can comment) for one year, a period after which an article may be archived for subscribers only, especially if the content uses large bandwidth or other assets.

Republishing and republished  content:

Authors (or their representatives) may republish relevant articles that were initially published elsewhere provided that they hold the rights to do so. Readers may recommend content, recommendations will be reviewed by an Editor before they are published on the site.

To encourage wide dissemination of authors’ work, and unless otherwise noted, articles first published with Islamic Societies Review can be republished, with these conditions in mind:

  • You cannot edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style,
  • If you’re republishing online, we request link to ISR,
  • You may put our articles on pages with ads, but not ads specifically sold against our articles,
  • You cannot republish our material wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually,
  • You have to credit us – ideally in the byline. We prefer “Author Name, Islamic Societies Review.”

We’re licensed under Creative Commons, which provides the legal details.


* Academic disciplines:

      • Agriculture
      • Anthropology
      • Archaeology
      • Architecture and design
      • Area studies
      • Business
      • Chemistry
      • Computer sciences
      • Cultural and ethnic studies
      • Economics
      •  Engineering
      • Geography
      • Health sciences
      • History
      • Humanities
      • Journalism, media and communication studies
      • Languages and linguistics
      • Law
      • Literature
      • Logic
      • Mathematics
      • Military sciences
      • Philosophy
      • Physics
      • Political science
      • Psychology
      • Religion
      • Social sciences
      • Social work
      • Sociology
      • Statistics
      • Systems science


Guidelines for pitching an article to ISR:

  • The topic, tone, and style must be appropriate to ISR,
  • Brevity: Your pitch is not a summary or an introduction of your article; tell your main idea in a sentence or two,
  • Credibility: Author(s) must have the training, background, sources, and resources to write about the topic; be prepared to submit CV,
  • Focus: best articles are single idea, single theme articles,
  • Estimate the length of the article; indicate if there will be images, graphics, tables, and/or other media
  • Use the online form, give some thought to the subject line; state clearly if content is original or any parts of the article has been previously published.