Author Guidelines

Submission of a research or review article implies that it has not been previously published and is not simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere. The maximum length of articles is 10 000 words (ideally 8000), and for reviews 800 words. Responsibility for opinions expressed and for the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual author(s). Articles should include an abstract of not more than 150 words. The full address of the author should be given at the end of the manuscript on a separate page. The editors reserve the right to copyedit and proof all articles accepted for publication. Authors will review their copyedited manuscripts. Acceptance of the article will imply assignment of copyright by its author(s) to the CCI. Authors receive a complimentary copy of the Journal.

Manuscripts may be sent as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format. Page numbers must be numbered consecutively, and double-spacing used throughout for text, notes, bibliographical references and tables. Titled tables and captioned figures must be professionally done and legibly cited in the text. The editors cannot redraw any figure unless the author pays for the cost of such work. Transliteration of foreign words should use a Unicode font and follow the system used by the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Bibliographical references: When a reference is cited for the first time, provide full information as in style-sheet below. For subsequent citations of the same source, the author’s last name should appear with an abbreviated form of the title as well as the relevant page(s).


Sample References


Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: the Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Journal article

Shamil Jeppie, “Leadership and Loyalties: The Imams of Nineteenth-Century Cape Town, South Africa,” Journal of Religion in Africa, 26, 2, 1996, pp. 139-62.

Multi-volume book

Muḥammad ibn Mukkaram ibn Manẓūr, Lisān al-ʿArab, 15 vols. (Cairo: n.p., 1981).

Translated book

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, trans. A. Sheridan (New York: Pantheon, 1977).

Chapter in an edited book

Shehada, Nahda Younis. “Justice without Drama: Observations from Gaza City Sharia Court,” in Inger Marie Okkenhaug and Ingvild Flaskerud (eds.), Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East, 13-28 (Oxford: Berg, 2005).

Encyclopaedia article

Mohamed Arkoun, “Islamic Studies: Methodologies,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, ed. John Esposito, 332-340 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).


Catharina Laurentia Alida Willemse, “'One foot in heaven': Narratives on Gender and Islam in Darfur” (PhD Dissertation, Leiden University, 2001).

Electronic Sources

Rachid Tlem?ani. 1997. “Islam in France: The French have themselves to blame,” The Middle East Quarterly. Retrieved March 2, 2006, from

All submissions and correspondence to be sent to:
The Editor:
Journal for Islamic Studies
Centre for Contemporary Islam
University of Cape Town
Private Bag
Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

Andrea Brigaglia  
(include JIS in subject line)

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 0257-7062