American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) is a double-blind peer-reviewed and interdisciplinary journal published by IIIT since August 1984. It is a quarterly journal that publishes a wide variety of scholarly research on all facets of Islam and the Muslim world: anthropology, history, philosophy and metaphysics, politics, psychology, religious law, and traditional Islam.

Issue 32.3, for example, contains articles discussing moderation in Greek and Islamic traditions, reviews on books concerning the female voice in Islamic scripture, the history of Jerusalem, and the politics of the Middle East and Brazil, and a description of IIIT’s various panels at the 2015 ICNA convention.


AJISS website

Current Issue:

Spring 2018 Volume 35 Number 2 (Table of Contents + Editorial + Article )


Subscription information

Rates for 2018: Individual $95.00USD / Institution $195.00USD (4 issues per year and inclusive of postage)
Send check to: 
AJISS, P.O. Box 669, Herndon, VA 20172
For credit card payment: Please call  (703) 429-4480

Claims: Within six months from the issue release date (Jan 1st, April 1st, July 1st, Oct 1st)

Cancellation: 50% refund if written cancellation request is received prior to the release of first issue.

Agency Discounts: 10%

Student Discount: 20%

2018 Issues:  35.1, 35.2, 35.3, and 35.4 (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall)

ISSN number: 0887-7653

Payment Method: US$ Check: (withdrawn on a US bank) addressed to AJISS, and mailed to: AJISS, P.O. Box: 669, Herndon, VA 20172. Credit card: Please call (703) 429-4480

Version: Print. Electronic version is available through ProQuest and EBSCO as detailed below

Past issues:  Past issues of AJISS can be found at ProQuest or through EBSCOhost Connection which can be accessed through Institutional or Public Libraries. Additional information about EBSCOhost Connection is available through the following link:

Editorial Board

Mehmet Asutay
Durham University

Assistant Editor                                               
Basit Kareem Iqbal
University of California, Berkeley

Book Review Editor
Younus Mirza

Ovamir Anjum
University of Toledo


Editorial Board
Hussein A. Agrama
University of Chicago
Mehmet Asutay
Durham University
Jonathan A. C. Brown
Georgetown University
Marcia Hermansen
Loyola University
Sherman A. Jackson
University of Southern California
Andrew F. March
Harvard University
Shuruq Naguib
Lancaster University
Ahmed El Shamsy
University of Chicago
Ousmane Kane
Harvard Divinity School
Ermin Sinanovic
International Institute of Islamic Thought
International Advisory Board
Khurshid Ahmad
Akbar Ahmed
Manzoor Alam
Katherine Bullock
Mohammad H. Kamali
Enes Karic
M. Kamal Hassan
Sayyid M. Syeed
Charles Butterworth
Khalid Blankinship
John L. Esposito
Mehdi Golshani
Ahmet Davutoglu
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
James P. Piscatori
Anne Sofie Roald
Tamara Sonn

AJISS is indexed in the following publications
a) ProQuest;
b) EBSCO: AJISS is indexed in 2 databases i) EBSCO Discovery and ii) Sociology Source Ultimate;
c) U.M.I. (16 mm microfilm, 35 mm microfilm, 105 mm microfiche for article copies of 1990 issues and after);
d) Religion Index One: Periodicals and Index to Book Reviews in Religion (1987 and after). These indexes are part of the ATLA Religion Data-base, available on the WilsonDisc CD-ROM from H. W. Wilson Co., and online via WilsonLine, BRS Information Technologies, and Dialog Information Services;
e) Public Affairs Information Service (December 1990 and after);
f) Sociological Abstracts (1985 and after); and
g) International Current Awareness Services (1992 and after).
Selected material is indexed in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences.Disclaimer
Opinions expressed in AJISS are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or publishers.
No photocopying is allowed without the express permission of the publisher.

Submissions must conform to the following guidelines

  • Be the author’s original research. Simultaneous submissions to other journals, as well as previous publication in any format and language, are not accepted.
  • Be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length; book reviews and conference reports must be between 800-1,000 words; Forum articles around 3000 words;
  • Include a 250 word (max) abstract at the top of the paper;
  • Cite all bibliographical information in endnotes. Provide full biographical information (e.g., full name(s) of author(s), complete title of the source, place of publication, publishing company, date of publication, and the specific page being cited) when the source is mentioned for the first time. For subsequent citations of the same source, list the author’s last name, abbreviate the title, and give the relevant page number(s). Do not use footnotes or a bibliography;
  • Avoid putting the author’s name in headers or footers, and avoid any personal references in the body or the endnotes that might betray their identity to referees;
  • Include a separate cover sheet with the author’s full name, current university or professional affiliation, mailing address, phone/fax number(s), and current e-mail address. Provide a two-three sentence biography;
  • Transliterate Arabic words according to the style in AJISS, which is based upon that used by the Library of Congress;
  • Submit complete paper to:
  • All submissions should be in MS-Word, double-spaced, and on single-sided numbered pages;
  • AJISS does not return manuscripts to authors.
  • For submissions, please use the following link:

Guidelines For Book Reviews
The review should give the reader a good idea of what the book is like. This includes form as well as substance. Please note the following guidelines as a framework for your review:

  • The review is intended as a critical précis of 800 – 1,000 [max] words (approx. 3-4 double spaced pages).
  • Indicate the discipline or specialization to which the book belongs and the audience(s) it addresses.
  • Provide a summary of the book’s main argument or theme, and how the various chapters/sections relate to the main argument. If the book is an edited collection describe how each chapter contributes to the overall theme.
  • Appraise the book, noting strengths and weaknesses (i.e. integrity of main argument, evidence to support argument(s), organization of material, etc).
  • Point out the significance of the book to the field and its relation to other works, including how the book can be used and in what aspects.
  • Mention any contribution or relevance to Islamic thought.
  • Provide page numbers for quotations.
  • Give no citations. If a book/article needs to be referenced, include the bibliographical details in the text.
  • Where relevant, note all contents of the book, i.e., sections, chapters, and their titles, as well as photographs, maps and illustrations, if any.
  • Indicate bibliographical information i.e., no. of pages or, where relevant, indices and appendices.
  • Sign and return book review contract.
  • Please submit the review by email, preferably attached as a Word document, to the Book Review Editor,

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