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Comparative Islamic Studies

Ulrika Mårtensson
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Book Review Editor
Martin Riexinger
Aarhus University

Reviewers, please contact the review editor via email in advance to make arrangements to review books. Only after email acceptance should you send books for review to:

Martin Riexinger
Aarhus Universitet
Institut for Kultur og Samfund
Arabisk og Islamstudier
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3
DK 8000 Aarhus C

Comparative Islamic Studies aims to advance research on Islam through comparisons between Islam and other religions, and between religious and non-religious factors and disciplines. Regarding Islam and other religions, CIS extends the scope of comparisons of Islam and Islamic Scripture from the traditional focus on Judaism and Christianity to include religions of Antiquity, Africa, South- and South East Asia, China, Oceania, Europe and the Americas, as well as contemporary new religious movements, spirituality and the various types of esotericism.

The Journal especially seeks studies, which compare by focusing on the interaction between religious and non-religious factors and disciplines in the selected cases. In addition to contributing to the study of Islam, this relatively unexplored approach should inspire new ways of conceptualising and writing the histories of relations between religious and non-religious knowledge disciplines and methodologies. In this way, such comparisons might contribute also to the history and theory of science (See also Author’s Guidelines).

The Journal’s approach implies a view of religions as complex phenomena reflecting a wide range of factors in the study of human intellectual and social life. These factors constitute connections and points of comparison between different religions and disciplines in different places and times, spanning pre-modern and modern history of religions. A few examples illustrate this point:

Disciplines Factors
Philosophy Ontology, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, hermeneutics, ethics, myth
Theology Cosmology, theology, doctrine, dogma, epistemology, logic, ethics, myth, ritual
Comparative Religion Generic categories & theories for the comparative study of religion, the history of the modern western discipline ‘Comparative Religion’
Scripture & Literature studies Hermeneutics, genre, canon, manuscripts
Language & Linguistics Language, theory of language, translation, literacy, communication
Law Hermeneutics, sources, theories & practice of law, branches of law, justice
History Theory, methods & branches of history, archives, sources, historiography, ‘origins’
Archaeology Theory & usage of material remains
Political science Political theory, statehood, government, administration, military, taxation, deliberation, institutions, IR, nation & nationalism
Sociology Institutions, classes, gender, labour relations, social categories & their theories
Economics Macro & micro-economics, economic theory
Psychology Experience, mental states, cognition, dreams
Art history Forms & theories of art, artistic expression, architecture, fashion
Education studies Theory & method of education, institutions, authorities & sources, knowledge transmission, literacy
Media studies Forms & theories of mediated communication
Natural sciences Theories, discoveries, challenges, adaptation, accommodation

CIS invites individual articles and guest edited special issues. Special issues may include articles devoted exclusively to non-Islamic materials, as long as all the contributions address a common topic or problem and the non-Islamic materials advance research into Islam.

Indexing and Abstracting
Index to the Study of Religions Online
EBSCO's Academic Search Premier & Religion and Philosophy Collection
Religious & Theological Abstracts
European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH Plus)
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Published: June and December
ISSN:1740-7125 (print)
ISSN:1743-1638 (online)


CIS 11.1-2 (2015) [2017]

Table of Contents

Social Contract Theory in Islamic Sources?
Ulrika Martensson
Arguing the Archive: Taha ʿAbd al-Raḥmān, Muḥammad ʿĀbid al-Jābirī, and the Future of Islamic Thought
Samuel B. Kigar
‘You Were Not There’: The Creation of Humility in Qur’ānic Stories
Leyla Ozgur Alhassen
Islamic and Jewish Religious Feminists Tackle Islamic and Jewish Oral Law: Maintenance and Rebellion of Wives
Ruth Roded
Problems of Vagueness
Abdessamad Belhaj
Review Article
Agostino Cilardo on David S. Powers
Reviewed by Agostino Cilardo
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