The Editorial Board: The Editorial Team and the Advisory Editorial Borad
The Editorial Board comprises an Editorial Team and an Advisory Editorial Board.
The Editorial Team comprises the editor of the journal and two associate editors. The Team is responsible for the day to day functioning of the journal: namely, liaising with the host publisher, issuing calls for articles, collecting articles, overseeing the peer review process, and communicating and meeting with members of the Editorial Board where the need arises.
The functions of the Advisory Editorial Board are as follows:
1. To promote the journal where possible
2. To provide guidance on the general direction and focus of the journal
3. To provide general guidance on journal policy regarding submission, peer-reviewing, acceptance and arbitration processes
4. To help keep the journal up to date with the latest trends in academic publishing
5. Suggesting and, occasionally, acting as peer reviewers
6. To use the journal as a platform for editing special issues if they so wish
Members of the Advisory Editorial Board serve for four years, and those of the Editorial Team for three years, after which individual positions are reviewed. In principle, a three year rotational policy applies to the position of editor-in-chief.
The editorial team is as follows:
1. Prof Auwais Rafudeen (Unisa, Islamic Studies and Arabic). Prof Rafudeen teaches Islamic Studies and Arabic at Unisa and specializes on Islam in South Africa. He is editor of the journal.
2. Dr Shenaaz Muslim (UKZN, Islamic Studies). Dr Muslim teaches religion and Islamic Studies at UKZN. She specializes in Islam and Muslims in the digital sphere. She is an associate editor of the journal.
3. Dr Tahir Sitoto (UKZN, Islamic thought). Dr Sitoto teaches religion and Islamic Studies at UKZN. He is a specialist on the black Muslim experience, especially in South Africa. He is an associate editor of the journal.
The members of the Advisory Editorial Board are as follows: (with affiliation and specialization in brackets):
1. Professor Sua‘d Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Islamic Studies). Professor Abdul Khabeer is a specialist on Black Muslims, Black Muslim women and Islam in America. She is the author of Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States.
2. Professor Zain Abdullah (Temple University, Islamic Studies). Professor Abdullah is an anthropologist and specialist on Islam in America as well as religion, race and ethnicity.
3. Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA, Islamic Studies, specifically Islamic law). He is one of the world’s leading authorities on Shariah and human rights.
4. Professor Gabeba Baderoon (State University of Pennsylvania/ University of Stellenbosch, Literature and Cape Muslim history). Professor Baderoon is an acclaimed poet who has also written significantly on Islam in Cape Town.
5. Dr Andrea Brigaglia (L’Orientale di Napoli, Islamic Studies and, specifically Islam in West Africa). Professor Brigaglia is a prominent expert on Islam in West Africa and has written extensively on the religion in Nigeria in particular. Dr Brigaglia was a previous editor of the journal.
6. Professor Muhammad Haron (Ex University of Botwana/ Researcher, Islam in South Africa) Professor Haron has been associated with Islamic Studies in South and Southern Africa for more than thirty five years and has contributed significant historical and data driven studies in this field during that period. He has also contributed significantly to the teaching of Arabic in South Africa.
7. Professor Marcia Hermansen (Loyola University, Islamic Studies). Professor Hermansen is a specialist on Sufism, interfaith relations, Islam in South Asia, Islam in America, women in Islam and Islamic theology.
8. Professor Ousmane Kane (Harvard, Islam in Africa). Professor Kane is an acclaimed authority on contemporary Islam and Islam in Africa. His works include: Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria (Brill, 2003), Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America (Oxford University Press, 2010), Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa (Harvard University Press, 2016), and Islamic Scholarship in Africa: New directions and Global Contexts (James Currey, 2021).
9. Dr Shahid Mathee (University of Johannesburg, Islamic Studies). Dr Mathee teaches Islamic Studies at UJ. He is a South African expert on Islamic law and has done extensive research on Arabic manuscripts in West Africa.
10. Professor Ebrahim Moosa (University of Notre Dame, Islamic thought). Professor Moosa is an internationally renowned expert on Islamic thought and his publications include “Al Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination” (UNC, 2005) and “What is a Madrasa” (UNC, 2015). He is also a specialist on Islam in South Africa and, during his tenure as lecturer at UCT, was involved with the journal in its early years at that institution.
11. Professor Abdul Aziz Sachedina (George Mason University) has written extensively on Islamic theology and ethics. He also has an abiding in Islam as practiced in Tanzania, having been born in East Africa. In 2005 he was invited to participate in the celebrated Gifford lectures.
12. Professor Federico Settler (University of Kwazulu Natal, Sociology of Religion) specializes in issues of religion, race and migration and has written on postcolonialism and decoloniality.
13. Dr Fatima Seedat (University of Cape Town, Islamic Studies). Dr Seedat is a specialist on Islam and feminism and has done extensive research on Muslim Personal Law in South Africa.
14. Professor Sa’diyya Shaikh (University of Cape Town, Islamic Studies): Professor Shaikh is a leading international thinker on Islam and feminism. She is also a specialist on Islamic mysticism and has done empirical studies on Muslim women’s experiences in South Africa.