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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
01/29/18 Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research - Call for papers for issue on "Incarceration, Surveillance, and Policing" February 18, 2018
01/18/18 Call for Papers for Collective Volume on "Commentaries Read Horizontally:
Towards a Sociological Approach to the Study of Commentaries in the Islamicate World"
February 28, 2018
12/05/17 Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies: Call for Papers  
12/05/17 Hawliyat, the academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon: Call for Papers  
12/05/17 Roshangar Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal: Call for Papers for Spring 2018 February 2, 2018
12/04/17 Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada, Working Paper Series Ongoing
09/21/17 Lexington Books: Seeks Proposals for Books  
08/23/17 Iranian Political Studies Call for Submissions  


Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies

Call for Papers

Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies (AWEJ-tls) welcomes the submission of papers for February issue, 2018. The deadline for manuscript submission is December 20, 2017. The issue publication date February issue, 2018. For more information visit

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) welcomes the submission of papers for the March issue, 2018. The deadline for manuscript submission is January 20 2018.  The issue publication date is March 2018. For more information visit Arab World English Journal on Before sending your paper, please read the Submission

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) publishes selected dissertations/theses in the fields of English language teaching and learning, Translation and Literary Studies.  Please read the procedure of selecting thesis  and send your full thesis if your thesis selected and accepted.

Commentaries Read Horizontally: Towards a Sociological Approach to the Study of Commentaries in the Islamicate World

Call for Papers for Collective Volume

For a long time, Islamicate commentary literature was ignored almost entirely by Western scholarship due to the conviction that commentaries merely repeated previous writings without or with little innovative potential. Only recently has the vast commentary tradition of the Islamicate world in general and of the Middle Islamic Period in particular received an increased scholarly interest.

The conference and the planned publication aim for a holistic approach to commentary literature, reading them horizontally (across space, including social space) as well as vertically, and understanding the commentary’s contents on the one hand and the author’s social and political context on the other as two complementary and equally necessary elements of the analysis. The social context goes a long way in explaining the author’s choice to comment on a work and the way he does that. Vice versa, those very factors reveal additional information about the author’s motivation and the audience he had in mind while compiling the commentary. Only if text and context are analyzed together can commentary literature be seen in its full function, intellectually and socially.

Papers are welcome that focus on a commentary tradition in one of the fields of Islamic studies, such as Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), ḥadīth, Qurʾān commentaries (tafsīr), Grammar, Medicine, Philosophy, Logic, Kalām, Ṣufism etc. Studies should be guided by the following lead questions: When and why did the selected commentary tradition start and end? How are the authors of the commentaries related to each other and to the author of the commented work? What are the new elements that were brought by the commentary into the knowledge tradition and how are they connected to the social, political, and intellectual life of the author? What functions do the commentaries fulfill? Is there any political patronage or policies that could have influenced the commentaries? Are the commentaries connected – and therefore possibly limited to – certain regions or teaching institutions?


The conference will be organized and the proceedings edited by Mohammad Gharaibeh, academic coordinator of the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg for Islamicate Intellectual History, University of Bonn. The conference will take place in Bonn from January 25th–27th 2019. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered by the AvH Kolleg.

Time Frame
- Please submit proposals by February 28, 2018, including the title of the contribution and an abstract of about 300 words.
- Once the paper has been accepted, you will be asked to hand in a manuscript of about 10 pages by October 31, 2018 (can already be the talk for the conference, about 30 min talk).
- The first draft of the full article will be due by March 31 2019 (10.000–20.000 words)

For more information please contact Mohammad Gharaibeh at

For the extended version of the call please visit:

Hawliyat, academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon

Call for Papers

Hawliyat, the academic journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon, invites you to participate in its special edition for the fall of 2018. The Hawliyat special edition deals with a specific field within the field of Humanities in the Arab world based on a main theme in need of a debate. The field of History was the choice of the year and in particular: the historiography of the Arabs in late antiquity and early Islam. The book, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His people, by Prof. Aziz al-Azmeh was chosen as the main thesis to be discussed. Aziz al-Azmeh’s voluminous monograph reached many thoughtful and original conclusions based on a plethora of historical, archaeological, inscriptional and numanistic data. These conclusions initiated many reactions, positive and negative, and led to serious revisions to many pre-set ideas on the history of the Arabs in Late Antiquity. Notions such as the emergence of Allah as the sole deity and how the Hijaz developed politically, the notion of Paleo-Islam in late Antiquity or the idea of Arab ethno-genesis, the crystallization of the Arabic tongue and many other ideas pointed out by the author need to be, we believe, further debates among scholars.
Hawliyat journal hopes to offer a forum where specialists in this field would debate with the author by providing an article about any of the ideas discussed in the book which they feel need to be criticized perhaps or debated at length or even supported. Aziz al-Azmeh kindly accepted our invitation to participate in this venture where he would provide his own response about the essays presented in an attempt to reach a practical synthesis together. The formula suggested in this edition may not be traditional but might bring, we believe, some concrete answers.

Information: Mohamad Rihan

Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada

Working Paper Series

The purpose of the IMESC Working Paper series is to circulate the results of ongoing research in international instiutions thay focus on the Middle East within the research community and thus to encourage discussion and stimulate critical comments within the field as well as to enhance networking and potential cooperation among researchers.

Submitted paper should be confined to topics within the field of Middle Eastern Studies and employ scientific methods in the analysis an/or be of relevance to Middele East policy questions. Empirical, theoretical as well as policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Submitted papers are subject to a screening process to ensure that they fall into the above specified topic as well as to ensure the general quality of the paper. However, there is no proper refereeing process in view of the intention of the series to stimulate discussion among the research community and to allow for suggestions for revision before submission to a scientific journal.

Especially young researches, who are interested in feedback previous to a possible publication in a scientific journal, are invited to submit their research papers.

If you are interested in publishing your working paper on IMESC website, please send a copy of your working paper to:

Note: there is no deadline. The call for papers in ongoing all the year.

Iranian Political Studies

Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the newly launched Iranian Political Studies journal, a biannual peer-reviewed international journal published by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and the Iranian Association of Political Science. The purpose of the journal is to provide a platform for scholars working on topics related to Iranian politics to publish their research, and to foster a better understanding of political issues related to Iran worldwide. The journal invites quality articles originating from in-depth and innovative research. All articles should comply with the requirements specified by the "Instructions for Authors." Please submit manuscripts through the journal's website at: Inquiries may be directed to

Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research

Call for papers for issue on "Incarceration, Surveillance, and Policing"

We are pleased to invite submissions for the seventh issue of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research, slated for publication in June 2018.

For this issue of Kohl, we are looking to understand systems of criminal justice as massive machines for mental and physical isolation, including incarceration, policing, and surveillance from a feminist lens, and expose the effects of liberal reformist politics when it comes to incarceration, and the ways in which such reforms create a system where punishment is more entrenched. We are looking for papers that reclaim agency and bodily integrity and explore the ways in which bodies, movement, sexualities, and genders, among others, are controlled and commodified. We are also interested in critiques of the hegemonic state discourses, as well as those of mainstream allyship, for their disposal of bodies deemed unfit for nationhood, citizenship, and institutions, as well as notions of a virtuous morality on the one hand, and a vulgarization of sex as radical on the other.
The deadline for submission is February 18, 2018.

To submit a paper, please send your blinded piece to as a .doc or .docx file, with “Submission Issue 7” as the subject of your e-mail.

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The full call is available as a PDF version.

Lexington Books

Call for Publications: Lexington Books seeks proposals for books based on the following series description:

How are urban processes entangled with human experiences? In this series, scholarly monographs and edited volumes explore this question and illuminate diverse forms of such entanglement through empirically-based research. This series emphasizes anthropological approaches to the study of human life in relation to the urban. It seeks to illuminate experiences and effects of urban cultures and situate specific cases in a comparative set. By exploring the intricacies of human-urban relations, this series contributes to better understanding of the ways that humans particularly conceive of and experience nature, personhood, ethics, culture, and social life.

Please send all inquiries to series editors: Jessica Bodoh-Creed ( and Melissa King (

Roshangar Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal

Call for Papers for Spring 2018

Now accepting submissions for spring issue of Roshangar, to be published in Spring 2018! Seeking rigorous undergraduate research papers (1,500-2,500 words) related to Persian Studies. Especially interested in work with an interdisciplinary approach. Deadline for submissions: February 2, 2018.


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