The Center for the Study of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is pleased to invite interested academic researchers to submit their contributions to a special thematic issue of its Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE) dealing with “political legitimacy in Islam.” The Journal is open to academic researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and religious studies. We accept submissions in English, Arabic and French. The deadline of submitting the complete articles is 15/02/2017.
By “political legitimacy in Islam” we mean both the normative (theoretical) and descriptive (empirical or historical) dimensions of the term, i.e. (1) the moral foundation of political authority in the Islamic scriptural sources, and (2) the way Muslims have perceived their rulers as morally acceptable actors on behalf of the community, who deserve to be politically obeyed and supported, or as unacceptable usurpers who deserve to be disobeyed and removed from their public positions.
The issue will focus on two major questions: the first is related to the originality of Islamic political thought; the second to the challenges of acculturation and interaction between Islamic political thought and other cultures. The two questions are the following:
From these two questions, related to the history of ideas, emerge two more questions that are more connected to the contemporary context:
JIE is urging scholars and researchers to come forward with their best answers to these four questions, in a way that will help achieve two methodological and practical results:
Contributors can tackle the theme of political legitimacy in Islam from any angle, using any approach they see suitable, as long they focus on the above-mentioned questions.
Examples of possible angles and approaches are, but not exclusive to, the following:
Scholars and researchers who want to contribute to this issue of JIE are expected to clearly demonstrate the relevance of their contribution for the current scholarly debate on political legitimacy in Islam, and for the potential improvement of Islamic ethics in general. (This potential improvement may be of a theoretical, applied, or methodological nature). In their contributions, authors should enter into conversation with the existing works in the field of Islamic political thought that are directly relevant to their subject. In their conclusions, they should prove that their articles will be a serious contribution to the published literature on the topic and, directly or indirectly, to the improvement of contemporary Islamic ethical thought in general.
All voices are welcome, regardless of their specific positions or backgrounds, as long as they fit within the theme of this issue, deal with main questions detailed above, and successfully undergo the double-blind peer-review process. All submissions should be sent to the JIE’s email address. Before sending your submission, please read carefully the attached Instructions for Authors, including the synopsis of the Reviewer Guidelines, where you will find a brief survey of the main relevant points during the reviewing process. Please note that any submissions which do not comply with these instructions or sent to any other e-mail will not be considered.
On the Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE)
The Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE) is an international podium for high-quality academic research which improves knowledge of the emerging field of Islamic Ethics. The focus of the journal is on the ethical approaches embedded in Islamic philosophy, theology, mysticism and jurisprudence as well as Islamic civilization in general, and, more particularly, on the principles and methods (to be) followed in applying these approaches to various sectors of contemporary social life.
In April 2016, Dr. Khaled Letaief, Provost of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Dr. Tariq Ramadan, the Executive Director of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), member of HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies, and Mr. Herman Pabbruwe, the CEO of publishing house “Brill”, signed a contract for their collaboration on the new refereed Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE). The new journal will be published by Brill, both online and in print and its content will be available, free of charge, in Open Access via Brill Open. The project is sponsored by Qatar Foundation.
About the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE):
CILE aims to contribute to the reform and renew the Islamic thought by developing a contemporary vision guided by the fundamental principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the higher objectives of Islamic Shariah. For more information, please contact: CILE Office.