Call for Papers: Islamic Constitutions: Managing Religion and Politics for the Journal Religions

This Special Issue of Religions seeks papers that examine the ways in which constitutions, constitutional articles, and the writing and abolition of constitutions manage the relationship between religion and politics. Of particular interest are papers that grapple with this question in Muslim-majority countries across the globe, while highlighting the specific legal, social, and political consequences of how religion is altered by the state’s management of it through constitutional articles. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• how Islam is managed, defined, and interpreted when Muslim-majority states make constitutional statements about it;

• how constitutional articles concerning the sharia have set the terms by which it is interpreted;

• how constitutions determine who gets to speak for the sharia;

• how constitutional statements about Islam and the sharia work in conjunction with statements about, for example, minorities, women, free speech, and economics; and

• how constitutional commitments to Islam and the sharia fashion citizenship and craft national culture.

Deadline for manuscripts: 15 April 2021
Length of articles: circa 10,000 words
Transliteration system: simplified IJMES system

The journal is peer-reviewed and has a quick publication turnaround time. It is open access and, upon acceptance of the article, charges an article processing charge (APC) paid by authors or their institutions although discounts or waivers are available. See attached flyer. For further information and submission guidelines please consult the following links or contact the guest editor below:

Dr. Rachel M. Scott
Department of Religion and Culture
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

author of, Recasting Islamic Law: Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making (Cornell University Press, forthcoming, March 2021).


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