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Call for Research Papers Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question April 03-05, 2017

The Doha-based Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is pleased to invite scholars, academics and researchers to submit their research papers to a closed three-day seminar on “Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question” to be held in Doha during the period April 03-05, 2017. The seminar is convened by CILE’s research unit ‘Islam and Biomedical Ethics’ as part of a publication project carrying the same title, in collaboration with Brill Publishers.

Those who are interested should send:

(a) An abstract (300-500 words), describing the research’s core ideas and how they will be addressed in the light of the attached Background Paper, and

(b) A brief biography (max. 500 words) outlining the applicant’s academic background, main research interests and key publications.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will receive an invitation to submit their full papers (between 7,000 and 10,000 words) within the deadline specified below. The authors of a selection of the accepted papers will be invited to participate in the seminar and the other accepted papers will be considered for the publication project. It is to be noted that submissions (abstracts, bios and full papers) can be written in either English or Arabic.


Plan of the Refereed Publication with Brill:

In April 2016, CILE signed an agreement with Brill to launch the refereed Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE). A thematic issue in the JIE is one of the planned deliverables of the above mentioned publication project “Islamic Ethics and the Genome Question”. Thus, accepted submissions in this call-for-papers will undergo the usual peer-review process for inclusion in the publication project.



CILE will offer the authors of accepted papers the following benefits:

  • Refereed publication
  • Cover of the costs of making the publication available via open access.

For those who will be invited to present their papers during the closed seminar, the following additional benefits apply:

  • Travel and accommodation costs during the three days of the seminar.
  • Translation of the submitted paper into Arabic or English.


Important Dates:

  • July 31, 2016: Deadline for receiving abstracts and bios. Please read the attached Background Paper carefully before writing the abstract.
  • August 15, 2016: Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified and invited to write the full papers.
  • January 05, 2017: Deadline for receiving the full papers.
  • January 31, 2017: Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified.
  • February 01, 2017: Accepted papers will be sent for translation into Arabic or English.


Contact Us:

Submissions should be sent to For any inquiries about this call-for-papers or about the accompanying Background Paper, please contact Dr. Mohammed Ghaly ( who directs the CILE research unit ‘Islam and Biomedical Ethics’.

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That's great that such events are taking place. And it is also good that a community of researchers and academics is being supported in such a way. The more events like this will be the better for the whole community of thinkers, academic writers and activists and the more they will be able to contribute to the society.

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