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About Islamic Societies Review

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: only academicians who are trained or being trained in academia can write for ISR. This platform is designed to facilitate outreach service by publically engaged scholars (and future scholars) to speak 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. PhD and MA candidates under supervision by an academic can write for ISR.

Both authors and readers may need to register to access all the content of ISR. Registered readers will be able 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.

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


ISR is run by volunteers and some paid student interns funded by our generous readers and like-minded supporters. 100% of the proceeds are recycled 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.

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