Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS)

The Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS) at Qatar University is a peer-reviewed, bilingual, open access journal.

Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS)


The Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS) at Qatar University  is  a peer-reviewed, bilingual, open access journal. It provides a forum for quality research in multidisciplinary classical and contemporary Islamic studies in both Arabic and English from all over the world. Since 1980, JCSIS has established itself as a valuable resource both for scholars and students of Islamic Studies as well as for libraries. JCSIS encourages contributions from all branches of Islamic Studies with a view to deepening historical research on Islam, in both theory and practice, from historical and social-science perspectives since its emergence until modern times. JCSIS bridges East-West researchers and readers and presents up-to-date research.

Aims and Scope

Topics covered include:

  • Quranic and Hadith Studies

  • Islamic Creed and thought

  • Islamic Law

  • Islamic Education

  • Islamic Economics

  • Islamic Manuscripts

  • Islamic Minorities

  • Contemporary Islamic Issues

The journal is international in its coverage and it publishes original and theoretical articles by leading scholars and expert consultants.

Our vision is to reach a diverse readership from the East and West to increase the understanding of Islamic principles throughout the world.

Our values are rooted in compassion and equity. We value the natural world, history and our fellow human beings.

Our purpose is to bring a multidisciplinary approach to researching Islam that reaches and connects with the contemporary world.

Functions and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Bringing perspectives from around the world that further develop both classical and contemporary Islamic Studies;

  2. Offering an open access journal that reaches a diverse international readership;

  3. Providing a bi-lingual journal, in Arabic and English, that provides opportunities for East-West research and collaboration;

  4. Publishing original high quality scholarly research papers that bring a multidisciplinary perspective to classical and contemporary Islamic studies;

  5. Striving for excellence in publishing refereed academic papers in Islamic Studies, and being ranked amongst the world’s most respected journal publications in databases such as Scopus.


Editorial Board

General Director
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Ansari, Ph.D (University of London), Qatar University, Qatar 

  • Prof. Abdallah Abdulrahman El-Khatib, Ph.D (University of Manchester), Qatar University, Qatar

    ORCID: 0000-0003-0904-0159

    Scopus Author ID: 8433939400

Managing Editor
  • Prof. Mohammed Amezzian, Ph.D (University of Mohamed I), Qatar University, Qatar

Editorial Board
  1. Prof. Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, Ph.D (University of Cambridge), SOAS University, UK

  2. Prof. Zulkifli Alhaj Mohdammed Yousuf, Ph.D (University of Wales), Malay University, Malysia

    Scopus Author ID: 57195424723

  3. Prof. Ahmad Khaled Yousef Shukri, Ph.D (Islamic University of Madinah), Qatar University, Qatar

  4. Prof. Hamid Goufi, Ph.D (Yarmouk University), Qatar University, Qatar

  5. Prof. Salih Qadir Karim Al-Zanki, Ph.D (University of Baghdad), Qatar University, Qatar

  6. Dr. Abdollatif Ahmadi Ramchahi (Editor), Ph.D (University Islam Antarabangsa (UIAM)), University of Malaya, Malaysia

    Scopus Author ID: 55876580800

  7. Dr. Mourad Laabdi, Ph.D (Toronto University), Qatar University, Qatar

    Scopus Author ID: 57221815630

  8. Dr. Abdulrahman Helli, Ph.D. (Ez-Zitouna University), Qatar University, Qatar

    Scopus Author ID: 57355352100

  9. Dr. Youssef Mohammad Ban El Mahdi, Ph.D (Abdelmalek Saadi University), Qatar University, Qatar
  10. Dr. Besir Lutfi Ph.D (Yarmouk University) Qatar University, Qatar
Advisory Team
  1. Prof. Walid Salih, Ph.D (Yale University), University of Toronto, Canada

  2. Prof. Omar Hassan Kasoule, Ph.D (Harvard University), The International Institute of Islamic, USA

  3. Prof. Abdur Raheem Kidwai, Ph.D (University of Leicester), Director, K. A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, India

  4. Prof. Qahtan Abdulrahman Al-Douri, Ph.D (Cairo University), College of Sheikh Nouh alkudat for Shari'ah and Law, Jordan

  5. Prof. Mehmet Akif Aydın, Ph.D (Istanbul University), School of Law, Istanbul Medipol Universitesi, Turkey

  6. Prof. Peter Riddell, Ph.D (Australian National University), University of London, UK

    Scopus Author ID: 16556335800

  7. Prof. Andreas Görke , Ph.D (University of Hamburg), University of Edinburgh, UK

    Scopus Author ID: 27367893400

  8. Prof. Konrad Hirschler, Ph.D (University of London), Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany

    ORCID: 0000-0002-6012-7711

  9. Dr. Boris Liebrenz, Ph.D (Leipzig University), Leipzig University, Saxon Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, Germany

  10. Dr. Rui Oliveira Lopes, Ph.D (University of Lisbon), Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

    Scopus Author ID: 57212563069 | ORCID: 0000-0001-7608-2370

  11. Dr. Joseph Lumbard, Ph.D (Yale University), Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

  12. Prof. Cam Caldwell, Ph.D (Washington State University), University of Illinois – Springfield, USA

  13. Prof. Turgay Gunduz, Ph.D (Bursa Uludağ University), Bursa Uludağ University, Turkey

    Scopus Author ID: 57192388254 | Researcher ID: E-8048-2010

  14. Prof. Ahmad Moussalli, Ph.D (University of Maryland, USA), American University of Beirut, Lebanon 

    Scopus Author ID: 36506993800

  15. Dr. Alba Fedeli, Ph.D (University of Birmingham, Germany), Associate Researcher Universität Hamburg

  16. Prof. M.Kabir Hassan, Ph.D (University of Nebraska, USA), University of New Orleans, USA

    Scopus Author ID: 55612441400 | ORCID: 0000-0001-6274-3545

  17. Prof. Ahmad Al-Raysuni, Ph.D (Mohammed V University), Qatar University, Qatar


Author Guidelines

The papers submitted to JCSIS should make some noticeable contribution to classical and contemporary Islamic studies.

  • Not Published Anywhere
  • The papers will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Each author must sign the transfer of copyright from which acknowledges that the paper is original, is not submitted elsewhere, and does not include copyrighted elements.

  • The manuscript extracted from a thesis/dissertation must be unpublished or not submitted for publishing, and the researcher must indicate that the manuscript submitted for publishing in the journal is extracted from a thesis/dissertation.

  • Process of Reviewing Articles
  • Since JCSIS sends all papers for review, a copy should be submitted in a form suitable for sending anonymously to the reviewers. Manuscripts are evaluated by anonymous peer review, therefore, authors must remove all identifying information from their texts. Authors should refer to themselves in the text and citations in the third person. For example, instead of writing "I argue (Salem 2009)...", write "Salem (2009) argues..." All submissions are assessed by a number of, no less than two, specialized reviewers.

    Furthermore, when the manuscript is accepted without revision, the publication procedures are completed, and the author is informed of the acceptance of his or her manuscript in writing. If minor essential revisions or major compulsory revision is requested, the manuscript shall be returned to the author with the comments of the reviewers for amendment. If the manuscript is rejected, the author will be informed of that. Moreover, the editorial board reserves the right to decide what articles will be published first.

  • Author's Personal Information
  • Full name(s) of author(s) must be listed, along with university or professional affiliation, address, city, state, country, phone/fax number(s), and email address where they can be reached. Provide a two-sentence biography that we can use in the article. Please provide current information only.

  • Abstract Style
  • The abstract is only 200 words long, and each subheading should be stated directly and briefly compiled in the following order (puropse, methodology, findings, originality and keywords):

    Purpose: research objectives shall include answers to why you chose to write this research paper. What topic did you discuss? And if your research is based on previous studies, what prompted you to do this research then? (Explain briefly why you did the research?) This is an opportunity to explain to the reader why you chose the topic and its importance, and inform them of the topic and discussion around which the research revolves, and the focus of your findings.

    Methodology: describe what you have done. Explain to the reader here exactly what you did to reach the findings you mentioned. What approach did you use in your research? (Some of the approaches followed in Islamic studies are: the inductive, analytical, deductive, historical, descriptive,  editing manuscripts, and case study approach). What tools, methods, or statistics did you use and based your study upon? For example, did you make an interview form and then benefit from its outcomes? Have you done scientific tests? Did you read the previous literature and based your search results on?

    Findings: explain accurately what the study found, and how the study answered the questions you raised, or did the study indorse the idea or theory on which your study was based? (You should specify exactly what your study found, without generalization, exaggeration).

    Originality / value: here you explain to the reader your research’s scientific value with the new information and results it found. You can also talk about the extent to which your research contributes to future studies, and mention some recommendations.

    Keywords: They are the most important basic words indicating the topic of the research, in order to facilitate later citations of the research and access to it by researchers on the same topic. State these words (they should not exceed five words).

  • Length of Articles
  • It is strongly advised that the length of the article should not exceed 9000 words. Book reviews and conference reports must not exceed 1500 words. All pages should be numbered consecutively.      Arabic - Numerical System  : must be used all over the articles.

  • Contents of Articles
  • All papers should have an introductory section in which the objectives and methodology of the article are explained, as well as a final section which summarizes the main points discussed and the conclusions reached.

  • Transliteration
  • For papers written in Arabic, the bibliography cited in the text must be transliterated and (Romaized) according to the style used by the Library of Congress, (see below: references section). For papers written in English, authors are expected to adhere to the convention of transliterating single words and phrases, and short sentences, in italic roman script as per the Library of Congress transliteration scheme. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and consistency of their transliteration. Arabic, Persian, Turkish etc. words found in a standard unabridged English dictionary are not to be transliterated or italicised, but treated as English words (e.g. sura, Qur'an, Islam). Otherwise, words should be transliterated and italicised, and plurals should follow the Arabic (i.e. isnād, asānīd).(Transiliteration System)

  • Footnotes
  • Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of each page, and the sources should be cited as follows:

  • References
  • For papers written in English, the author should set a bibliography of sources and references at the end of the manuscript, in the same style of citing footnotes, but arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s family name.

    For papers written in Arabic, the author should set a bibliography of sources and references at the end of the manuscript, in the same style of citing footnotes, but arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s family name, in the same style of citing footnotes, then s/ he translates (Romanize) them into English alphabetically.

    There are two types of Arabic sources:

    1. The Arabic references and research papers whose titles are not translated into English should be Romanized and transliterated as per the following:

    ابن رشد، أبو الوليد محمد بن أحمد بن أحمد القرطبي، فتاوى ابن رشد، تحقيق المختار بن الطاهر التليلي، (بيروت: دار الغرب الإسلامي)، ط1، 1407هـ 1987م.

    Ibn Rushd, Abū al-Walīd Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Qurṭubī, Fatāwā Ibn Rushd , (in Arabic), ed. Al-Mukhtār b. Ṭāhir al-Ṭalīlī,(Beirut: Dār al-Gharb al-Islāmī, 1987), 1st  ed.

    2. The Arabic sources and research papers whose titles have been translated into English should be cited as follows:

    قادري، عبد الله أحمد، دور المسجد في التربية، (جدة: دار المجتمع للنشر والتوزيع، 1987).

    Qādirī, ʿAbdallāh Aḥmad, The Role of the Mosque in Education, (in Arabic), (Jeddah: Dār al-Mujtamaʿ for Publishing and Distribution, 1987).(Transiliteration System)

  • Open Access Policy
  • This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

    Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, 2008-2017,

     ISSN 2523-1715 (Online), ISSN 2305-5545 (Print)

Abstracting and Indexing

The Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS) is currently indexed in and abstracted by the: Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation IndexArabic Citation Index (ARCI)Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Google Scholar, Crossref, EBSCO Discovery Service, Ulrichs, Arab Citation & Impact Factor (ARCIF by e-Marefa), Al-Mandumah and CORE. 

The journal is available on Kudos. To view our journal on Kudos, please click here

JCSIS is a member of: The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers in USA, & Association of University Presses in USA. 

All submissions are screened by iThenticate: Plagiarism Detection Software. 

Follow us through the Web of Science on MyRA App (available in both Apple and Google Play app stores) 

And on Researcher: Academic Publications App 

Peer-Review Process

All submissions first go through an internal peer review process by  a specialized editor assigned by the editorial board.  Each submission is reviewed by the assigned editor who makes an initial decision to send the manuscript out for peer review or to reject without external review. The editorial board makes the final decision. Articles can be rejected at this stage for a variety of reasons such as similarity with a recently published article, the topic is outside of the scope of the Journal, little new information is provided, important flaws in the scientific validity, or an unprofessional presentation. If the editor believes the article may be of interest to our readers, it is then sent out for external peer review.

We employ a 'double-blind' reviewing system (where the reviewer remains anonymous to author, and the reviewer is unaware of the identity of the author). All submissions are assessed by a number of, not less than two, specialized reviewers.

In the external peer-review process, the editorial board identifies potential reviewers. Potential reviewers are contacted about their availability and interest in reviewing. Inquiries to reviewers are sent via RR automated E-mail messages, which include the manuscript abstract and the assignment deadline. When prospective reviewers agree to serve, they are permitted access to the manuscript and reviewing instructions. Reviewers send their critique back to the Journal of  College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS) using the RR system. Once a sufficient number of two thoughtful reviews are obtained, the editorial board makes a judgment that takes into consideration the critiques and recommendations from the peer reviewers. We also take into account the number of manuscripts in the queue to be published as well as our impression that the paper can be suitably revised. Moreover, the editorial board reserves the right to decide what articles will be published first.  Frequent reasons for rejection after peer review are based on an assessment that the paper doesn't provide enough new information, or if the message is too complex or too narrow.

Further more, when the manuscript is accepted without revision, the publication procedures are completed and the author is informed of the acceptance of his or her manuscript in writing. If minor essential revisions or major compulsory revision is requested,  the manuscript shall be returned to the author with the comments of the reviewers for amendment. When the manuscript is rejected, the author is informed of that.


Publication Ethics



The Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS) at Qatar University  is  a peer-reviewed, bilingual, open access journal committed to publishing original high quality scholarly research papers in classical and contemporary Islamic studies in both Arabic and English. JCSIS  is available in print and online and published twice a year, the journal seeks to achieve leadership in publishing refereed academic papers in its field and to rank amongst the world’s most renowned scientific data bases. Further, the journal aims to bring perspectives from around the world to developments in the classical and contemporary Islamic Studies.

JCSIS is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards for all parties involved in the act of publishing in a peer-reviewed journal: the author, the editor of the journal, the peer reviewer and the publisher.
The publishing ethics of JCSIS, both internally and externally, are based on- and adhere to- the Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (March 2011), Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers (March 2011) and COPE

Council. Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers (September 2017) and A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors (January 2016). Authors who are concerned about the editorial process may refer their concerns to COPE


The editors of JCSIS are accountable and responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

The reviewing process and publication decision will occur without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor(s) and any editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest:
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review will be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors make fair and unbiased decisions independent of commercial considerations, and ensure a fair and appropriate peer-review process. Editors recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors will require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action will be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations:
Editors of JCSIS will guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions:
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to, or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity:
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources:
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest:
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


 JCSIS Editorial Board members oversee the peer review process for the journal, including evaluating submissions, selecting reviewers and assessing their comments, and making editorial decisions. Together with Advisory Editorial Board Members they are involved in the development of journal policies and ethics standards and work to promote the JCSIS mission to provide resources, support and advice for early stage researchers in their journey from writing to publishing their scientific papers while at the same time making free public access to scientific research.


Reporting standards:
Authors should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. Authors should describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.

Originality and plagiarism

Authors should sign and adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted and accurately reflects individuals' contributions to the work and its reporting. JCSIS  reserves the right to reject papers the Editors believe have been plagiarised from other sources, including the author’s own previous work.

In case of plagiarism, misuse of published articles, and/or illegal distribution of research papers are proven,  JCSIS is very aggressive in the legal actions it takes so as to prevent such unethical action.

Data Access and Retention:
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Authors should only submit papers only on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and that complies with all relevant legislation.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest:
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Authorship of the Paper:
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication:
An author should not Generally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Fundamental errors in published works:
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

The College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Qatar University, as the managing entity of the JCSIS, encourages the editors to follow the COPE Code of Conduct for the Editors. Publisher provides reasonable practical support to editors so that they can follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal. Publisher defines the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract, respect privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers), protects intellectual property and copyright, and fosters editorial independence.

Publisher works with journal editors to set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to:
*** editorial independence,
*** research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for human and animal research,
*** authorship,
*** transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards,
*** peer review and the role of the editorial team beyond that of the journal editor
*** appeals and complaints,

Publisher works with journal editors to:
*** communicate journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, peer reviewers),
*** review journal policies periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE Code of Conduct for Editorsand the COPE Best Practice Guidelines,
*** maintain the integrity of the academic record,
*** assist the parties (for example, institutions, grant funders, governing bodies) responsible for the investigation of suspected research and publication misconduct and, where possible, facilitate in the resolution of these cases,
*** publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions,
*** and publish content on a timely basis.

Editor-in-Chief, JCSIS.

Copyright Notice

Copyright ©1980-2019  Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (JCSIS).

The journal does not take any processing charges neither for the article processing nor for article submission.

JCSIS provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The journal is also archived in LOCKSS system and Qatar University institutional repository (QSpace)

Upon submission, the author(s) grants the journal and Qatar University Press a license to publish, including to display, store, copy, and reuse the content under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), which permits non-commercial use of the material, appropriate credit, and indication if changes in the material were made. This means that the author(s) retains copyright, but the content is free to download, distribute, and build upon the material for non-commercial purposes, given appropriate attribution/reference to the original article. The full terms of this license may be seen at this link .

This license does not apply to third-party materials that display a copyright notice to prohibit copying. Unless the third-party content is also subject to a CC-BY Creative Commons attribution license, or an equally permissive license, the author(s) must comply with any third-party copyright notices.

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