Guide for Authors


Islamic Inquiries is concerned with a wide range of issues related to Islam and the Muslim world, including Islamic history, law and jurisprudence (fiqh), theology (kalam), philosophy, mysticism, ethics, and political theory. The journal ultimately aims to help promote mutual understanding and intra and inter-religious dialogue.


  • Islamic Inquiries only accepts articles that contain research achievements and new findings. The Journal does not merely admit review articles, compiling, reporting, and translation.
  • The journal reserves the right to reject, accept, modify or edit articles.
  • Articles submitted to the journal should not have been previously presented or published elsewhere or sent to other publications for publication at the same time.
  • Please note the journal uses Similarity Check / iThenticate to screen papers for unoriginal material. The authors should agree to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.
  • The journal does not accept new articles from an author who has another manuscript in the review process.
  • Published articles reflect the thoughts and views of the authors, and not necessarily those of the journal.

Structure of Articles

  • Manuscripts should be set in the Times New Roman font and saved in Microsoft Word format (.docx).
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 6000 words.
  • The abstract should not exceed 200 words.
  • The keywords of manuscripts should not exceed seven words.
  • All tables and pictures and charts should be inserted into the main manuscript.

Citation Method

The following examples illustrate the author-date system of the Chicago Manual of Style. There are several examples of a reference list and the corresponding in-text citation.

In-Text Citation

  • Reference to a verse from the Bible or the Quran: (Cor. 13:4), (Luke 1:26-27), (Quran 2:5).
  • Reference to Nahj al-Balaghah: (Nahj al-Balaghah, sermon 50).
  • Solar and lunar Hijri dates should be followed by “Sh” and “AH” respectively; for example: 1376 Sh, 1422 AH.
  • If an author has used a source in the text consecutively, he or she must repeat the source completely and avoid using “Ibid.”
  • If more than one source is inserted in the text, they have to be separated with a semicolon.
  • If there are four or more authors, only the first author should be mentioned in the citation, followed by “et al.”

Reference List

  • The Bible, the Qur'an, and Nahj al-Balaghah should appear at the beginning of the list of references.
  • The articles with DOI should contain the code.
  • Sources that are introduced in the text solely for further study and awareness of the readers, and are not cited in the text, should not be included in the reference list.
  • The sources should be ordered alphabetically based on the authors' last name. Numbering or other symbols must be avoided.
  • If more than one work by an author is cited, the author's name must be repeated in the reference list with each work Do not use three em-dashes or other symbols.
  • For a source that does not have a publication date, use “n.d.” in place of the year.



  Journal article

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Bernhardt, Reinhold. 2018. “Truth in the Context of Christian Faith and its Relation to Other Religions.” Religious Inquiries 7, No. 14 (Summer and Autumn): 37–57.

In-text citations

(Bernhardt 2018, 41–43)


Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Grazer, Brian, and Charles Fishman. 2015. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. New York: Simon & Schuster.

In-text citations

(Grazer and Fishman 2015, 12)

  Translated book

Reference list entry (in alphabetical order)

Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

In-text citation

(Lahiri 2016, 146) 

  Thesis or Dissertation

Reference list entry (in alphabetical order)

Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

In-text citation

(Rutz 2013, 99–100)

  Website content

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

Bouman, Katie. 2016. “How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole.” Filmed November 2016 at TEDxBeaconStreet, Brookline, MA. Video, 12:51.

In-text citations

(Bouman 2016)