The Muslim World

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Edited By: Yahya M. Michot, Timur Yuskaev

Online ISSN: 1478-1913

Author Guidelines

The Muslim World

The Muslim World is a refereed academic journal published quarterly.  The journal provides articles written by qualified specialists in the area of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

The Muslim World has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits, including quick and easy submission and a significant decrease in peer review times.

From now on all submissions to The Muslim World must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site, and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online please contact Nicolas Mumejian in the editorial office by telephone (860.509.9534) or by email (

The Book Reviews Editor can be contacted at:

When submitting a manuscript, the author guarantees that the same manuscript or a similar version has not been submitted to any other journal or publication.  If the author wishes to send the article elsewhere before the editors of The Muslim World have acted on its acceptance, the author should withdraw the article from consideration by The Muslim World.

The editors regret that they are unable to enter into correspondence regarding articles which are not accepted for publication.

The Muslim World is an academic journal committed to exceptional scholarship. To have a chance to be peer reviewed, unsolicited manuscripts must imperatively conform to the journal's guidelines. Anonymous reviewers are selected based upon their expertise and the subject matter of the manuscripts. The peer review process is generally completed within 6 months from the date of submission, but in some cases can take as long as a year, even longer, when referees have not completed their review and/or if new referees need to be assigned. Once a decision is made, most accepted manuscripts still need some level of revision and subsequently go through an additional review. The total timeframe from submission to printed publication can therefore take up to 18 months. We appreciate your patience and understanding of the process.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

Authors will be required to assign copyright in their paper to The Hartford Seminary. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned).

Manuscript Preparation and Style

Articles must be submitted in grammatically correct English (UK or US, not mixed) and should not exceed 30 pages of typescript.  A manuscript must be double-spaced, with pages numbered consecutively and references (including full bibliographical notes) placed as footnotes to the text. A hardcopy of the submission should be accompanied by (1) a digital version formatted for Microsoft Word (Windows or Mac), and (2) a PDF copy.

Bibliographical references should follow the style of the following examples (with titles italicized, not underlined):
- Monograph in European language: A. Maalouf, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (New York: Schocken Books, 1984), 97.

- Collective Work: Y. Rapoport & Sh. Amed (eds.), Ibn Taymiyya and his Times (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2010), 234.

- Book in modern Arabic or other oriental language: A. Maalouf, Transliteration of the title [English translation of the title] (Cairo: al-Matba‘at al-Kubrā, 1984), 97.

- Book in classical Arabic or other classical oriental language: ‘Abd al-Raḥmān b. al-Ḥusayn al-Ṭabarī, Transliteration of the title [English translation of the title], ed ‘A. al-Ṭantawī, 3 vols. (Cairo: al-Matba‘at al-Kubrā, 1984), iii. 97.

- Translation: I. K. Poonawala, The History of al-Ṭabarī (Ta’rīkh al-rusul wa’ l-mulūk). Vol. IX: The Last Years of the Prophet. Translated and annotated (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990), 54-64.

- Chapter: A. Wessels, “Some Biblical Considerations Relevant to the Encounter Between Traditions,” in Christian-Muslim Encounters, eds. Y. Y. Haddad and W. Z. Haddad (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1995), 54-64: 61.

- Journal article: A. A. An-Na‘im, “Human Rights in the Muslim World: Socio-Political Conditions and Scriptural Imperatives,” Harvard Human Rights Journal 3/4 (1987), 13-52: 40-45.

Complete bibliographical references must be given the first time only in the footnotes. Subsequent references must use shortened titles, not dates, Ibid., Id., etc.Examples: A. Maalouf, Crusades, 69-72; Y. Rapoport & Sh. Ahmed (eds.), Ibn Taymiyya, 240-250; ‘A. R. al- Ṭabarī, Ta’rīkh, xiii. 23; ‘A. R. al- Ṭabarī, Ta’rīkh, trans. Poonawala, History, iX. 60-61.

Typographical ‘ ’ “ ”, not ' ' " ", must be used. Footnote calls must follow the punctuation.


The journal uses the system of Arabic transliteration adopted by the Encyclopedia of Islam, New Edition, with the following exceptions: 1) no line under th, kh, dh, sh, gh; 2) j instead of dj, q instead of ḳ. The article al- is never assimilated (so, for example, al-shams, not ash-shams). It becomes It becomes l- after a vowel. The tā’ marbūṭa is not transliterated, except when followed by a vowel; it is then rendered t (so, for example, rabbat al-bayt). A hyphen isolates the affixed pronoun (so, for example, bayti-hi, arsala-hunna). Transliterated words should be rendered in italics each time they appear. Terms common in the English usage, e.g. those found in a recent unabridged dictionary, should not be italicized. Unicode fonts should be used for transliterations.

Articles not following these guidelines and transliteration system will not be examined by the editorial board.

Authors are permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of the Contribution on the Contributor’s personal website, in the Contributor’s company/institutional repository or archive, and in certain not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central as listed at the following website:, subject to an embargo period of 12 months for scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals and 24 months for social science and humanities (SSH) journals following publication of the final Contribution.

There are separate arrangements with certain funding agencies governing reuse of this version as set forth at the following website:

The Contributor may not update the accepted version or replace it with the published Contribution.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

Choosing OnlineOpen makes your article open access and freely available to all on Wiley Online Library, including those who don’t subscribe to the journal. OnlineOpen fulfills funding agency mandates that require grantees to archive the final version of their article. Wiley will also deposit your OnlineOpen article in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites.

The cost for OnlineOpen is usually US$3,000, which can be paid by the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution.

Copyright and open access licenses

Authors choosing OnlineOpen will retain copyright in their articles and will be offered a choice of creative commons licenses.

All Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust and Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funded authors will be directed to the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY).

All other authors (non- RCUK and Wellcome Trust funded authors) are free to choose a CC-BY, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC), or Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.

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Research Councils UK: MRC, BBSRC, AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC The Wellcome Trust Austrian Science Fund Telethon Italy NIH The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

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Obtaining a CC license agreement to sign

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After acceptance please inform the journal’s editorial office that you want your article to be OnlineOpen so they can provide you with the appropriate CC license agreement to sign to publish your article under a Creative Commons license and please complete the payment of an open access publication fee of US$3000 via the OnlineOpen Form.